QUITO, June 25 Ecuadorean champions LDU stunned
Fluminense by firing four first-half goals on their way to a
4-2 win in the first leg of South America's Libertadores Cup
final on Wednesday.
Claudio Bieler gave LDU a flying start by scoring in the
second minute before Dario Conca replied for the Brazilians,
who started the game as hot favourites to win the tournament
for the first time.
Joffre Guerron, Jairo Campos and Patricio Urrutia scored in
a 20-minute spell before halftime but Fluminense fought back
with a Thiago Neves goal early in the second half to keep
The second leg will be played in Rio de Janeiro on July 2.
LDU, attempting to become the first Ecuadorean team to win
the trophy, went ahead when Bieler beat his marker to Guerron's
low cross and slid the ball home.
Fluminense, who knocked out Sao Paulo in the quarter-finals
and defending champions Boca Juniors in the semis, levelled
when Conca curled a 30-metre free kick into the top corner.
LDU regained the lead in the 28th minute when, following a
free kick into the wall, Dario Manso had a shot saved by
Fernando Henrique and Guerron snapped up the rebound.
Campos scored with a near-post header following a corner
five minutes later and Urrutia headed the fourth from another
corner on the stroke of halftime.
Thiago Neves headed one back in the 52nd minute as the
Fluminense goalkeeper Fernando Henrique was called into
action when he saved a Guerron free kick and tipped an Urrutia
effort on to the crossbar in the last minute.
(Writing by Brian Homewood in Buenos Aires; Editing by Ed