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Copa Libertadores wrap: Neymar fires Santos clear in Group 1

23 March 2012 06:35

Santos have moved back to the top of Group 1 of the Copa Libertadores after a 2-0 win over Juan Aurich on Thursday.

In a match punctuated by heavy rain, Santos captain Edu Dracena gave the Brazilian club the lead after 15 minutes, while Neymar added a second goal 13 minutes into the second half.

The victory means Santos lead Group 1 on nine points with two matches to play, two points ahead of Internacional and The Strongest, while Juan Aurich are bottom on zero points.

The Peruvian club went into Thursday's match with three defeats from three games plus a goal difference of minus five, and it did not take long for Santos to ensure the visitors' bad run would continue.

With a quarter of an hour gone and the rain pouring down, Neymar's corner was met by Ganso.

The midfielder's header was saved, but the ball slipped free and Dracena got there first to score.

In the 58th minute Santos attacked down the left and when the ball was cut back to the top of the box, 20-year-old Neymar was there to finish smartly.

In Columbia, Atletico Nacional had to come from behind at home to salvage a 2-2 draw with Godoy Cruz.

The Medellin-based club started the Group 8 clash in brilliant fashion when Luis Fernando Mosquera made the most of a penalty area mix up to score after just two minutes.

But the rest of the first half did not go Atletico's way.

In the 23rd minute, Godoy Cruz equalised when Jorge Curbelo's long-range free-kick went through the wall and slipped under Atletico's goalkeeper, and 11 minutes later the visitors took the lead thanks to Facundo Andres Castillon's goal.

The home side had to wait until the second half to equalise.

Atletico striker Carlos Renteria was dragged down in the box and Mosquera took responsibility from the spot to score his second goal of the game.

The draw means Atletico remain four points behind Godoy Cruz and a further point adrift of Group 8-leaders Corinthians.

In Group 7, Velez Sarsfield beat Deportivo Quito 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Juan Manuel Martinez.

It took 89 minutes for Velez to break down their Ecuadorian visitors, with Martinez running onto a flicked header to thump the ball home at the back post.

The Argentine club are now five points clear at the top of the group, with Quito and Guadalajara both on four points.

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2 - 0

Competition
Copa Libertadores
Date
23 March 2012
Kick-off
02:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0

Goals

Edu Dracena 15'
(assist by Ganso) 
1 - 0
Neymar 59'
(assist by Borges) 
2 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
2 15'
4
16
6
18
7
5 30'
10
9
11 59'
Coach: Muricy Ramalho

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
8
12
14
15
17
19
25
# Player Bookings
9
14
23
3
10
12
19

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