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Thursday, February 26, 2004 

River Plate 4-1 Libertad

Coudet bows down to fans after scoring.

Los Millionarios too strong to handle.

River Plate played a wonderfull game last night to achieve the first win in the Copa Libertadores. Man of the match, Eduardo Coudet, scored two and lead River to one of the most brilliant performances in the Astrada era.

Libertad started the game too defensive, but could not stop the offensive flow of the home-team, that went to half-time winning 2-0, with goals by Coudet and Cavenaghi. In the second half River started more relaxed, wich allowed the paraguayan team to pull one back. But in a brilliant play by Coudet, the midfielder reassured the fans, by scoring his second, and deciding it for River. Near the end River scored one more, by Gonzalez.

The other match of group 6, between Deportes Tolima and Deportivo Táchira ended in a 1-1 draw. River's next Libertadores match will be in Colombia, against Deportes Tolima, on March 11th.

RIVER PLATE: Franco Costanzo; Ariel Garcé, Horacio Ameli, Eduardo Tuzzio, Juan Fernández; Eduardo Coudet (Gabriel Pereyra, 81'), Javier Mascherano, Luis González, Daniel Montenegro (Daniel Ludueña, 85'); Fernando Cavenaghi, Marcelo Salas (Jose Maria Sand, 66')

LIBERTAD: Justo Villar; Francisco Arce, Daniel Zanabria, Angel Amarilla, Arnaldo Vera; Angel Ortiz (Alvarenga, 45'), Carlos Bonet (Morinigo, 45'), Edgar Robles, Pedrinho; Freddy Bareiro (Zamudio, 78'), Hugo Centurión

GOALS: 1-0, Coudet (27'); 2-0, Cavenaghi (44'); 2-1, Morinigo (64'); 3-1, Coudet (74'); 4-1, Gonzaléz (93')

Group 6

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. River Plate 2 4
2. Tolima 2 2
3. Táchira 2 2
4. Libertad 2 1


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