Luis Suarez went on as a substitute in his first match since returning to Nacional, but couldn't help his Uruguayan club avoid a 1-0 home loss to Brazil's Atletico Goianiense on Tuesday in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana quarterfinals.
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Luiz Fernando scored the only goal of the match in Montevideo in the 23rd minute. Nacional almost equalized near fulltime after a play by Suarez on the left flank put Juan Ignacio Ramirez in a good position to finish, but the ball hit the post.
The return leg will be played next Tuesday in Goiania, in Brazil's heartland.
Winning the Copa Sudamericana, the second most prestigious club tournament in South American soccer, is a key objective for Suarez and his club.