Argentina’s last two representatives in this year’s Copa Sudamericana got their campaigns underway on Wednesday night and both Gimnasia and Defensa y Justicia came away with goalless draws against Brazilian opposition.
São Paulo were the visitors to Lanús for their clash with Defensa y Justicia and although both sides had good chances to take a lead into the second leg, neither could make it count. With El Halcón on top in the second half, Julio Buffarini was sent off for São Paulo but the Brazilians held on for a draw ahead of the second leg on May 11th.
In-form Gimnasia travelled to Campinas to take on Ponte Preta and showed the defensive resolve that Gustavo Alfaro has instilled in the side to take a draw back to La Plata. The home side will feel they should have led but El Lobo will now be slight favourites to progress on home soil.
Ponte Preta 0 – 0 Gimnasia
Defensa y Justicia 0 – 0 São Paulo