America thrash Banfield in Libertadores
RIO DE JANEIRO, March 8 (Reuters) - Mexican side America thumped Banfield 4-0 on Wednesday to revive their Libertadores Cup campaign and erase memories of last week's 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Libertad.
Chilean champions Colo Colo, who were among the pre-tournament favourites, slumped to their second straight defeat in Group Six as they lost 3-1 to LDU in controversial circumstances.
Paraguay's Cerro Porteno were also left pointless after losing 1-0 to Colombian provincial side Deportes Tolima in Group Three.
Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas, the competition's leading scorer, struck twice for America at Mexico City's Azteca stadium to take his tally to five.
Ricardo Rojas headed America in front in the 21st minute of the Group One game and set up Cabanas's first goal two minutes later after being released down the left by Cuauhtemoc Blanco's backheel.
Cabanas struck again four minutes after half-time with a low shot from just outside the area and Juan Mosqueda added the fourth in the 52nd minute with a neat chip over Banfield goalkeeper Cristian Lucchetti.
Paraguayan champions Libertad lead the group with seven points from three games, one point ahead of America. Banfield have three points and El Nacional one.
Colo Colo made a promising start in Quito when Humberto Suazo put them ahead in the 31st minute.
Midfielder Alfonso Obregon levelled for LDU with a striek from 35 metres two minutes after halftime and the game appeared heading for a draw until the stormy ending.
The Ecuadoreans went ahead after Colo Colo defender David Henriquez was judged to have handled although he claimed it was accidental and was booked for dissent.
Franklin Salas converted the spot kick in the 80th minute, then LDU's Cristian Lara and Henriquez were both sent off.
Joffre Guerron's 86th minute goal made sure of LDU's first three points in the group, bringing them level with River Plate of Argentina and Caracas FC of Venezuela who meet in Buenos Aires on Thursday.
In Ibague, substitute Darwin Quintero scored five minutes after coming on to give Tolima their first win in Group Three. Quinteros scored comfortably from close range in the 64th minute.
Tolima went level with Gremio on four points from two games while their compatriots Cucuta have two points and Cerro Porteno remain pointless and goaless.