Libertadores Review: Inter target Martínez leads Racing to win
Racing Club and Atlético Nacional claimed wins as the Copa Libertadores group stage got underway.
Lautaro Martínez led Racing Club past Cruzeiro in the Copa Libertadores, while Colo-Colo were beaten on Tuesday.
Martínez the hat-trick hero in Avellaneda
Linked with a move to Inter and Atlético Madrid, Martínez scored a hat-trick as Racing claimed a 4-2 win over Cruzeiro in Buenos Aires in their Group 5 clash.
The 20-year-old opened the scoring in the 14th minute, tucking away a set-piece from Neri Cardozo. The visitors equalised on the half-hour mark thanks to a Giorgian De Arrascaeta header, but another set-piece helped Racing restore their lead as Martínez struck again.
Martínez scored from a third set-piece in the 63rd minute, heading in a Ricardo Centurion corner to make it 3-1. Robinho pulled a goal back for Cruzeiro, but Augusto Solari sealed the hosts' win despite a late red card to Renzo Saravia on a day that marked the beginning of the Copa Libertadores group stage.
Great hat-trick!— Goal (@goal) 28 February 2018
Inter, Real Madrid & Atletico Madrid-linked Lautaro Martinez was on fire inside the box as Racing beat Cruzeiro 4-2. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/rHpvmiFVw1
Atlético Nacional and Cerro Porteño win
In Santiago de Chile, a second-half goal from Vladimir Hernández saw Atlético Nacional edge Colo-Colo 1-0.
In Group 1, Cerro Porteño recorded a 2-0 victory over Monagas in Maturin. Cristian Insaurralde opened the scoring with a spectacular left-footed volley from inside the area in the 27th minute.
Marcos Caceres doubled the lead and sealed Cerro Porteño's win with a second-half strike after a poor error from goalkeeper Alain Baroja, with Monagas later reduced to 10 men.
In the same group, Defensor Sporting and Gremio played out a 1-1 draw.
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