Copa Libertadores Restart, Matchday 3 Guide for Tuesday
The 2020 Copa Libertadores restarts this week with Matchday 3. When the schedule was originally drawn up for the competition, we would be preparing for the semifinals right now. However, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed everything back. The remainder of the group stage will be played this week, Sept. 22-24, Sept. 29-October 1, and October 20-22. The knockout stages will be played over two legs and will start in late November. The final will be at the Maracanã in Rio in January 2021.
All of the matches will be available through our friends at Fanatiz. Use the link below to subscribe or to get a free 7-day trial. beIN Sports holds the rights for the USA and you can watch their English-language, Spanish-language, and beIN Sports Connect offerings through Fanatiz. Use our link to sign-up at: www.fntz.co/SoccerDownHere Group C takes the stage in the 6:15pm matches. Each team split their first two matches, so all the teams are on 3 points. Peñarol travels to Chile to face Colo-Colo and Paranaense will travel to Cochabamba to face Jorge Wilstermann.
Mario Saralegui recently started his third stint at Peñarol after Diego Forlan was sacked. A 3-2 win was followed by back-to-back scoreless draws. They are currently in 7th place in the Uruguayan Primera División, but only trail the leaders Nacional by 6 points. Since the Chilean Primera División restarted play late last month, Colo-Colo is winless in four matches. It has been a rough year for Los Albos, they sit in 14th out of the 18-team Chilean top flight. The Bolivian league has not restarted since the pandemic started, so it is unknown what kind of form defending league champions Jorge Wilstermann will be able to hit. Their opponents have struggled since the Brasileiro kicked off, sitting in 13th place. Fabinho's goal in the 12th minute gave them a win on Saturday over Coritiba.
Two matches will kickoff at 8:30 as Santos hosts Olimpia while Binacional hosts LDU Quito. Santos leads Group G with Olimpia in 2nd place trailing by two points. Group D is like Group C with every team on three points, although the Peruvians Binacional are way back on goal differential after a 8-0 thrashing from River Plate on March 11.
Santos is in 7th place in the Brasileiro, but on an upswing with four straight matches without a loss. Marinho's stoppage time goal rescued a draw against rivals São Paulo on Saturday night. The Paraguayan league was the first one back to action in South America so Olimpia should be in a better rhythm. They're also coming in after back-to-back 4-0 wins. Attacking midfielder Jorge Eduardo Recalde has scored three goals in those wins.
Binacional won on Friday night in Peru 2-1 over Alianza Universidad, they're currently in fourth place in the table. This is their first Libertadores appearance after the club was founded in December 2010. LDU Quito has four wins in their last five matches and are currently tied for the top of the Serie A in Ecuador, but have a game in hand over Independiente del Valle. La U is paced by veteran Colombian forward Cristian Martínez, the 32-year old has 10 goals in 12 matches in 2020.