Brazil's Vasco da Gama,
Internacional and Corinthians went top of their Libertadores Cup
groups on Wednesday, with midfielder Juninho scoring a brilliant
goal in Vasco's 2-0 home win over Libertad.
Vasco's victory gave them an identical record to Paraguayan
side Libertad after four matches. They both have seven points
and scoring records to share the lead in Group Five.
Juninho, a second-half substitute, broke the deadlock eight
minutes after coming on when he shaped to cross from a tight
angle on the left but instead squeezed the ball between the
goalkeeper and near post in the 53rd minute.
Former South American champions Vasco, who had drawn 1-1
with Libertad in Asuncion last week, scored again through
striker Alecsandro eight minutes later.
Inter, who won the second of their two Libertadores Cup
titles in 2010, scored a late equaliser for a 1-1 draw away to
Bolivia's The Strongest at 3,600 metres altitude in La Paz in
Both sides have seven points from four matches with Inter
top on goal difference. Holders Santos can overtake both with a
home win over bottom team Juan Aurich of Peru on Thursday.
The Strongest shocked Inter by going in front with the first
attack of the second half, a low cross from the left evaded two
defenders and striker Rodrigo Ramallo slid in to poke the ball
Inter, who crushed The Strongest 5-0 at home last week,
equalised with two minutes remaining when substitute Gilberto
missed the ball with his first swipe but made no mistake with
his second chance and stabbed it into the net.
Club President Giovanni Luigi regarded the draw as a victory
given the tough conditions at high altitude.
"The result was good because we can still finish first in
the group. We couldn't leave here with a defeat, because then
we'd have to win our two remaining matches," he told reporters.
Inter host holders Santos and also have to travel to face
Peruvian champions Juan Aurich.
Corinthians, still looking to win South America's elite club
competition for the first time, beat Cruz Azul 1-0 in Sao Paulo
and leapfrogged the Mexican side into first place in Group Six.
The Brazilians have eight points to Cruz Azul's seven.
Midfielder Danilo headed home Alex's free kick in the 35th
minute for the only goal of the game. The Mexicans had defender
Fausto Pinto sent off in the 70th for a second booking.
Central defender fit enough to play in the Champions League final at Wembley
Bayern Munich unfazed by the need to be more clinical in attack against Borussia Dortmund
Ruud Gullit believes Bayern Munich are in for a shock when they take on Borussia Dortmund
Napoli president denies reports that he has named Rafael Benitez as club's new manager
Ten years on, the legends speak to FFT
Your questions answered by an A to Z of legends
75% of all TV is Bale
On the road to ruin
Nike CR7 IX for you
FourFourTwo is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media & FourFourTwo is part of Haymarket Sport
| International Licensing | © Haymarket Media Group 2010