Diego Maradona claimed his first win as Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata boss on Saturday, defeating nine-man Godoy Cruz 4-2 in a Superliga clash in Mendoza.

National icon Maradona began his return to Argentinian football with three successive losses against Racing Club, Talleres and River Plate but steered Gimnasia to their first triumph of the season at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.

Nicolas Contin drilled in a 25-yard opener and Victor Ayala doubled the visitors' advantage with a fine free-kick on the stroke of half-time.

Juan Brunetta reduced the deficit at the end of a flowing Godoy move and, after Joaquin Varela was shown a second yellow card, he rifled an equaliser into the bottom-right corner in the 61st minute.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men nine minutes from time after Miguel Jacquet committed a second bookable offence and Gimnasia took full advantage.

Ayala curled another magnificent free-kick past Andres Mehring and Matias Garcia rounded the goalkeeper at the end of a route-one move to seal the victory in the 87th minute.

Gimnasia consequently moved off the foot of the table and above Godoy, who now sit bottom.

River Plate survived a scare to reach the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals, while Palmeiras also moved through on Tuesday.

Defending champions River needed penalties to overcome Cruzeiro after their round-of-16 tie finished locked at 0-0.

Franco Armani was the hero for River, saving penalties from Henrique and David in the shoot-out in Belo Horizonte.

The goalkeeper stepped up as the Argentine giants claimed a 4-2 shoot-out victory, moving into a last-eight tie against either San Lorenzo or Cerro Porteno.

In Sao Paulo, Palmeiras left it until the second half to claim a 4-0 win over Godoy Cruz, progressing 6-2 on aggregate.

The Brazilians needed a Raphael Veiga penalty to break the deadlock before further goals from Miguel Borja, Gustavo Scarpa and Dudu.

Godoy Cruz were reduced to 10 men when 18-year-old midfielder Agustin Manzur was sent off for a dreadful challenge in the 88th minute.

In Paraguay, Olimpia could only play out a 1-1 draw with LDU Quito, the result enough for the Ecuadorians to advance 4-2 on aggregate.

LDU Quito received two red cards, with goalscorer Jhojan Julio and unused substitute Edison Realpe sent off.

Palmeiras came from behind to salvage a draw with Godoy Cruz in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores last-16 tie, while River Plate were held on Tuesday.

Trailing to a Santiago Garcia brace, Palmeiras rallied to secure a 2-2 draw in Mendoza.

Garcia headed in the opener from close range in the sixth minute before doubling the lead just before the half-hour mark.

However, Felipe Melo brought Palmeiras back into the encounter with a 34th-minute header.

Incredibly, Garcia had a chance to complete his hat-trick before half-time, but the forward had a penalty saved by Palmeiras goalkeeper Weverton.

The hosts were punished for that miss just before the hour-mark, Miguel Borja taking a Luan pass before a brilliant turn and finish, putting the Brazilians in a decent position ahead of next week's second leg.

River Plate, defending their title, could be left to rue a late penalty miss after drawing 0-0 at home to Cruzeiro.

Awarded a spot-kick following a VAR review, River – who had the better of the chances throughout – saw Matias Suarez blaze the 99th-minute penalty over the crossbar.

In the day's other game, LDU Quito took a step towards the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win at home to Olimpia.

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