|Lanus were in imperious form as they made the most of an embarrassing defensive display from Olimpia to record the biggest win of the tournament so far.
Moments after Diego Valeri clipped the outside of the post, Mariano Pavone succeeded where his team-mate failed when he flicked in from Mario Regueiro’s cross after 14 mintes. The hosts continued to impress and doubled their lead 15 minutes later when Mauro Camoranesi's header was fumbled into the net by Martin Silva.
Olimpia missed half-chances either side of the break through Eduardo Aranda and Osvaldo Hobecker but their lacklustre defending was punished by Pavone. Ten minutes into the second half when he was given enough space to control the ball and fire in at the near post. The Paraguayans were being caught short at the back continually and Regueiro added the fourth when he latched onto a long pass and despite miscontrolling the ball, regained his composure to place his shot in next to the post.
The goal rush continued as Valeri lashed home the pick of the goals with a well-struck volley from 25 yards out in the 77th minute. Then, with five minutes remaining Silvio Romero found the back of the net after a simple ball over the top.
Lanus now occupy top-spot in Group 2 and have all but assured qualification with their superior goal difference. Olimpia meanwhile could drop to third should Flamengo beat Emelec and will need a win against the Ecuadorians in their final group game to secure qualification.
||Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama survived a late scare in a largely comfortable performance to leave Lima with maximum points and now have one foot in the next round.
Alianza began brightly but found themselves behind after 18 minutes. Felipe Bastos’ effort from distance took a wicked deflection off of Giancarlo Carmona which sent it looping over Salomon Libman and into the back of the net. Vasco then asserted themselves on the game but spurned numerous chances to add to their lead. Diego Souza’s attempt was cleared off the line shortly before Dede’s header was turned onto the post by Libman.
The advantage was eventually doubled with an unstoppable cross-goal strike from Felipe Bastos that roared into the top corner of the Alianza net. The Blanquiazules pulled one goal back with 13 minutes remaining as a comedy of errors at the back offered Miguel Curiel a free shot at goal. Vasco almost gifted Alianza a second as Fernando Prass spilled a high ball into the box but Fagner was back to cover and clear the ball off the line. Nilton was dismissed in the dying moments for the Brazilians but they held onto the win.
The three points move Vasco to the top of Group 5 and they will be guaranteed a place in the last 16 if Libertad beat Nacional on Thursday. Alianza meanwhile are eliminated and will have nothing to play for when they host Libertad in their final game.
|Deportivo Tachira failed to hold on to a single-goal advantage over Cruz Azul in San Cristobal as they bowed out of the tournament.
Tachira showed great determination to keep their hopes of progression alive and took charge of the game after 20 minutes. After a defensive mix-up, Cristian Casseres slipped Mauricio Parra in to put the Venezuelans ahead.
The Azul only came to life shortly before the break and could have drawn level but Edixon Perea blasted well over the bar from just outside the six-yard box. They began the second half as the ended the first with Roberts Rivas forced into parrying Christian Gimenez’s powerful free kick to safety.
Cruz Azul were awarded a penalty just before the hour mark after some neat interplay on the left ended with Manuel Vela’s cutback being handled in the area. Gimenez stepped up but Rivas came out on top once again, turning his low strike onto the post. Frustration turned to relief when Gimenez finally got the beating of Rivas in the 84th minute as he turned in from Vela's superbly executed first-time cross. The Azul almost won it in stoppage time but Perea hit the post and Rivas gathered the follow up.
The Mexicans join Corinthians on top of Group 6 with eight points and will have their place in the next round booked if the Brazilians defeat Nacional next week. The single point is not enough for Tachira who are eliminated from the tournament.