Unión Española made it two wins from two games in the Copa Libertadores after a come from behind 3-1 win away to Bolivian side, Bolivar with all their three goals coming in the last half hour of the match.
The visitors got off to a slow start with a defensive mix up gifting Edhemir Rodríguez and his Bolivar side a goal inside the first minute. The Bolivians dominated much of the proceedings in the first half as Unión Española looked to be struggling with their tactics in the altitude of La Paz. The home side should have doubled their lead on the half hour mark after William Ferreira somehow manage to miss an open goal after rounding Unión’s goalkeeper Eduardo Lobos. This glaring miss appeared to galvanise the visitors and from then on los hispanos looked the much more dangerous side and should have equalised in the 42nd minute when Sebastián Jaime took a leaf out of Ferreira’s playbook and also missed an open goal with the goalkeeper well out of position.
After a fairly even start to the second half it was Unión Española who blew the game wide open with two goals in five minutes mid-way through the half. First Mauro Díaz equalised in the 62nd minute with a lob from more than forty metres from goal after a poor clearance from Bolivar ‘keeper Marcos Argüello fell right at his feet. Five minutes later the visitors took the lead as Emanuel Herrera slotted home after being put through by Fernando Cordero. Unión Española then put the game beyond doubt in the 85th minute when substitute Jean Paul Pineda, who replaced the aforementioned Herrera, curled a shot past the ‘keeper from the edge of the area.
The win sees los hispanos top their group after two matches and will face local rivals Universidad Católica in their next group stage matches.
Bolivar 1-3 Unión Española