Godoy Cruz made their Copa Libertadores debut on Wednesday night with Atlético Mineiro visiting Mendoza but after making the perfect start, El Tomba were left to hold on for a 1-1 draw.
With barely a minute on the clock, Gastón Giménez released Javier Correa with a defence splitting pass and the forward made no mistake in slotting the ball past Giovanni.
The visitors were pushing for an equaliser and moments after the restart a clumsy challenge by Luciano Abecasis gifted Fred the opportunity to level the scores from the spot.
Danilo Ortíz’s straight red late on left Godoy Cruz hanging on as the Brazilians sensed a chance for three away points but Lucas Bernardi’s side held firm and claimed an opening point.
In the other match of group six, Bolivian club Sport Boys came from behind three times to snatch a draw with Libertad. 19-year-old Boca Juniors loanee Alexis Messidoro proved instrumental as he headed the second and provided the corner from which the third was scored. Guillermo Barros Schelotto couldn’t offer enough first team action for the youngster but Sport Boys are already reaping the benefits.