BUENOS AIRES - Favourites Cruzeiro took
their goals tally to 15 in four matches with a 6-1 rout of
Colombia's Deportes Tolima in the Libertadores Cup on Wednesday.
Holders Internacional also went on a goal spree in their 4-1
away win over Wilstermann in Bolivia but Santos, the third
Brazilian side in action on Wednesday, lost 3-2 to Colo Colo in
Chile having taken an early lead.
Twice champions Cruzeiro lead Group Seven with 10 points,
four more than Estudiantes, the Argentine side that beat them in
the 2009 final but whom they crushed 5-0 in their opening group
match last month.
Tolima, who had held Cruzeiro to a 0-0 draw at home, had
defender Julian Hurtado sent off four minutes from time for a
Internacional overcame the high altitude in Cochabamba to
crush Wilstermann and go top of Group Six with seven points from
They lead on goal difference from Ecuador's Emelec, who beat
Chiapas of Mexico 1-0 at home in Guayaquil, but have played a
Inter settled the match in the opening 24 minutes after
Wilstermann took an eighth-minute lead when their Argentine
defender Juan Ignacio Brown headed home a free kick.
Brown then headed the Brazilian side's equaliser with an own
goal trying to clear a cross and forwards Leandro Damiao and Ze
Roberto put the game beyond Wilsterman with Kleber adding a late
In Santiago, Colo Colo went top of Group Five one point
ahead of Paraguay's Cerro Porteno, who had beaten them 5-2 at
home in their opening match. Santos are third with two points
after all four teams have played three.
Midfielder Elano, recalled to the Brazil squad last week for
the first time since the 2010 World Cup, put Santos ahead with a
swerving free-kick that deceived Colo Colo's Uruguayan
goalkeeper Juan Castillo.
The Chileans hit back with three goals in 17 minutes, the
pick being the equaliser by Chile striker Esteban Paredes who
chipped over keeper Rafael after taking a fine though ball from
Argentine Ezequiel Miralles.
Teenager Neymar pulled one back for Santos, twice winners of
the trophy in Pele's heyday in the 1960s, as the action flowed
from end to end with near misses in both goalmouths.
Paraguay's Libertad became the first team to secure a berth
in the knockout phase when Once Caldas were held 1-1 at home by
San Luis of Mexico in Group One on Tuesday night in Colombia.
With two matches to go, Libertad are top of the group with
10 points, San Martin of Peru second with six, Caldas third with
three and San Luis bottom on two.
The match in Manizales had a dramatic ending after Caldas
had taken the lead in the 78th minute through full back Luis
Fighting among players led to red cards for Caldas captain
Alexis Henrique and San Luis defender Sergio Ponce in the 88th
Then midfielder Juan Medina equalised in the fourth minute
of added time leaving 2004 champions Caldas and San Luis with an
uphill fight to secure the second qualifying berth.
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