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BUENOS AIRES Feb 17 Ecuador's LDU began their
defence of the Libertadores Cup title by beating Palmeiras 3-2
on Tuesday, ending their opponents' run of nine straight wins
Boca Juniors, champions four times since 2000, entered the
fray with a 1-0 win over Deportivo Cuenca while Chile's Everton
beat Venezuelans Caracas FC 1-0 in the evening's other game.
LDU, playing at 2,800 metres above sea level at the Casa
Blanca in Quito, went ahead after 24 minutes of the Group One
match when Walter Calderon headed in Damian Manso's cross.
The Brazilians levelled four minutes later when Willians
snapped up a rebound from LDU goalkeeper Jose Cevallos but
Calderon put LDU back in front in the 35th minute.
Palmeiras, guided by former Brazil and Real Madrid coach
Vanderlei Luxemburgo, equalised again two minutes after
halftime when Edmilson headed in from a free kick.
Manso had the last word, scoring from a free kick in the
A 12th minute goal from forward Rodrigo Palacio gave Boca,
Argentina's most popular team, the points in their Group Two
game in Buenos Aires.
Boca failed to add to their lead and survived a bout of
second-half pressure from the Ecuadorean visitors with
goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri making an excellent
close-range save from Rodrigo Teixeira.
In the Chilean resort of Vina del Mar, Caracas FC dominated
the first half of the Group Six match but were denied by
Everton goalkeeper Gustavo Dalsasso, who made four excellent
Everton, under former Chile coach Nelson Acosta, then
scored in first-half injury time when Roberto Gutierrez turned
in Ezequiel Miralles' pass from close range.
(Editing by N.Ananthanarayanan)