Veteran midfielder Lucho González rolled back the years with a fine goal for Atlético Paranaense in the Brazilian club’s 2-2 draw with Universidad Católica as the 2017 Copa Libertadores group stage got underway on Tuesday night.
The 36-year-old arrived right on cue to rifle in Jonathan’s low cross from the right and put the home side ahead within four minutes.
After scoring the vital goal in the qualifying round, the former Huracán, River Plate, Porto and Marseille midfielder appeared to have helped Atlético to a winning start but two late Universidad Católica goals saw the the match end all square.
Ex-racing striker Ricardo Noir popped up with the 90th minute equaliser to earn an excellent point for the Chileans.
In group five, Bolivian side Jorge Wilstermann thrashed Peñarol 6-2 with Argentine midfielder Franco Olego adding the sixth, two minutes after coming off the bench.
Argentine clubs kick off this evening with all three in action against Brazilian opposition – San Lorenzo travel to Flamengo, Atlético Tucumán host Palmeiras and Godoy Cruz welcome Atlético Mineiro to Mendoza.
Lanús begin their campaign on Thursday night with Uruguayan club Nacional visiting La Fortaleza.