Colón cruise through in Copa Sudamericana & Fernández ensures Defensa y Justicia avoid Copa Argentina upset (VIDEO)

While the world was captivated by Ajax’s heroics and Lionel Messi’s magic in the Champions League, South American football rumbled on and although it was a week off for the Copa Libertadores, Colón were one of the sides in Copa Sudamericana action on Tuesday evening.

After a 3-0 win in Lima last month, Colón only had to complete the job against a poor Deportivo Municipal side and Pablo Lavellén’s side were able to do that with limited fuss.

Just before the break veteran full-back Clemente Rodríguez was tripped and youngster Tomás Sandoval stepped up to slot Colón in front from the penalty spot. With the tie already over as a contest, Sandoval doubled the lead five minutes after the restart, the 20-year-old back-heeling the ball into an empty net after a defensive mix-up in the six yard box.

Colón eased into Round Two where surely bigger tests lie ahead. The third-placed sides from this year’s Copa Libertadores will drop in and with the gradual improvement of the field, El Sabalero may not find things quite so easy.

Colón  2 – 0  Deportivo Municipal

There was also Copa Argentina action in Banfield as Defensa y Justicia ensured they weren’t the victims of one of the tournament’s many upsets with a 1-0 win over Torneo Federal A side Gimnasia y Tiro.

Nicolás Fernández’s powerful shot from outside the box midway through the first half was enough to give El Halcón victory and sets up a more testing tie against fellow Superliga side Gimnasia in the next round.

Defensa y Justicia  1 – 0  Gimnasia y Tiro

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