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Copa Libertadores wrap: Santos, Internacional progress

20 April 2012 21:24

Santos defeated The Strongest 2-0 to secure top spot in Copa Libertadores Group 1, and will be joined in the next round by Internacional.

Goals in the last five minutes of the match on Thursday, coming from Alan Kardec and Neymar, ended a long a stalemate and wrapped up all three points for home side Santos at Estadio Urbano Caldeira.

Holders Santos end the group stage on 13 points, five clear of Brazil Serie A rivals Internacional, who also progress to the knockouts, despite going down 1-0 at Juan Aurich.

Luis Tejada's first-half goal was enough for Peruvian side Juan Aurich to bag their second win in the group, but could not prevent them from finishing last.

Bolivian club The Strongest claimed third, one point behind Internacional.

In other matches on Thursday, Universidad de Chile defeated Atletico Nacional 2-1 to snatch first place in Group 8 from the Colombian side.

Universidad led through Matias Nicolas Rodriguez's 10th-minute strike at Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez.

Dorlan Pabon levelled for the visitors on 62 minutes, but Osvaldo Gonzalez struck eight minutes later with what proved to be the winning goal for the home side in Santiago.

Universidad top Group 8 with 13 points, two ahead of second-placed Atletico.

Argentine club Godoy Cruz de Mendoza finished third, despite going down 4-2 away to Penarol in their final match of the group stage.

Jorge Zambrana's brace, together with goals from Rodrigo Mora and Maximiliano Perez, helped the Uruguayan hosts come from 2-0 down to beat Godoy Cruz, and earn their first win in group.

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