Penarol knocked out in Libertadores preliminary

BUENOS AIRES - Five-times former champions Penarol were knocked out of the Libertadores Cup in the preliminary round on Tuesday when they were held to a goalless draw at home to Independiente Medellin in the second leg.

Colombians Medellin went through 4-0 on aggregate after their emphatic win at home last week.

Penarol took the field at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo to a spectacular fireworks display but never looked like overturning the deficit, forcing only a couple of saves from Medellin goalkeeper Aldo Bobadilla.

Penarol, eliminated in the preliminary round in 2005 on their last Libertadores appearance, were once a major force in South American soccer but have suffered badly as European clubs buy up Uruguay's top players.

Ecuador's Deportivo Cuenca also progressed to the group stage with a 3-0 win over Deportivo Anzoategui of Venezuela.

Brazilian Rodrigo Teixeira scored twice before Ismael Villaba gave Cuenca a 3-2 aggregate win. The visitors had Edixon Cuevas and Luis Lobo sent off in the second half.