El Nacional’s spirited fightback fails to keep them in the Copa Libertadores

Nacional 3 – El Nacional 3 (Agg. 8-3) (Copa Libertadores, February 5, 2009) Nacional raced into a 3-nil lead, Jorge Nunez scored twice in six minutes, before Nunez set up Hebert Arriola’s header for a third. New El Nacional coach Juan Carlos Burbano sent in Erick de Jesus after half an hour and the team sprang to life. Marwin Pita scored two minutes later in a goalmouth scramble, Jorge Ladines three minutes after that, and Edmundo Zura equalised with a deflected shot that dribbled in two minutes before the break.