Rosario Central’s hopes of progressing in this year’s Copa Libertadores hang by a thread after defeat to Libertad in Asunción left El Canalla bottom of Group H at the halfway point.
The Paraguayans have a 100% record and are themselves cruising towards the last 16 after deservedly dispatching of a Central side far from the level required to compete in the Libertadores.
Despite holding out until the just after half time, Central’s resolve was eventually broken when Matías Espinoza rose completely unmarked to head in from a corner and after continuously threatening it wasn’t too long before Jorge Recalde rifled a shot from distance past Jeremías Ledesma.
It is with good reason that Central are down in 18th in the Superliga and Diego Cocca’s arrival as coach was never likely to spark an immediate upturn in form. 2017 champions Grêmio’s defeat to Universidad Católica leaves the group split in two and the loser of next week’s clash between Central and the Brazilians in Porto Alegre will almost certainly be gone.
Libertad 2 – 0 Rosario Central