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The Argentine outfit demolished the 2002 champions in Buenos Aires, taking a huge step towards qualification for the knockout rounds in the process

Lanus
6-0
Olimpia
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.
Alianza Lima
1-2
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
1-1
Cruz Azul
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.
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<td style="text-align: center; background-color: #ffffff; width: 10%;"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">1-0<br /></span></strong></td>
<td style="text-align: center; width: 40%; background-color: #e93420;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #ffffff;"><strong>Alianza Lima<br /></strong></span></span></td>
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<td style="text-align: left;">With both sides in dire need of a win it was Nacional who survived numerous scares to earn a crucial three points against Alianza Lima at Estadio Centenario. <br /><br />Nacional seized the initiative early on with their front three continually probing the Alianza defence. With just over 15 minutes played, Jose Carlos Fernandez almost turned into his own net from an Albos corner, forcing a superb reaction save from Salomon Libman. Gonzalo Bueno then missed a golden opportunity midway through the first half when he sent the ball over the bar from inside the six-yard box.<br /><br />As Nacional commited men forwards they left themselves exposed to the counterattack. With 10 first-half minutes remaining Jose Soto could have scored against the run of play but became flustered as Leonardo Burian burst out of his goal to thwart the Blanquiazules man.<br /><br />The Uruguayans continued to dominate but it was not until after Joazhino Arroe came close to scoring for the Peruvians that the breakthrough finally came, 20 minutes from time. <strong>Tabare Viudez</strong> turned in from Vicente Sanchez&rsquo;s square ball with a delightful flick with his trailing leg. Sanchez could have added another in stoppage time but Libman stayed big to deny the forward in a one-on-one situation.<br /><br />The win means that Nacional sit just one point behind Group 5's joint-leaders Libertad and Vasco da Gama with two games remaining. Alianza meanwhile would have to spring some surprises by gaining points against the forerunners if they are to have any hope of achieving qualification. <br /></td>
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<td style="text-align: center; width: 40%; background-color: #e93420;" valign="top"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="color: #ffffff;">Deportivo Tachira<br /></span></strong></span></td>
<td style="text-align: center; background-color: #ffffff; width: 10%;"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">0-0<br /></span></strong></td>
<td style="text-align: center; width: 40%; background-color: #e93420;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #ffffff;"><strong>Nacional (PAR)<br /></strong></span></span></td>
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<td style="text-align: left;">Torrential rain in Venezuela made for a drab affair as Deportivo Tachira and Nacional shared the spoils in San Cristobal.<br /><br />Tachira could have been in front within 5 minutes when Gamadiel Garcia got on the end of Mauricio Parra&rsquo;s free kick but his header bounced over the bar from three yards out. German Cano created Nacional&rsquo;s best chance for himself as he skipped past a number of challenges before seeing his attempt on goal arrow narrowly wide of the post.<br /><br />The hosts looked to be a real threat from set pieces but were over-committing at points and leaving themselves short at the back. With 30 minutes played Diego Guerrero produced a great effort from 25 yards out but Ignacio Don was equal to it, diving down to his right and parrying the ball behind for a corner.<br /><br />The hosts continued to press for an equaliser in the second half but it came to no avail as the sodden pitch made it difficult to play the ball on the floor. Cano could have put the Paraguayans ahead in the 70th minute but he sliced his attempt off target with only Roberts Rivas to beat. Moments later Ricardo Mazacotte fired wide following some superb play by Rodrigo Teixeira and the Brazilian came close himself when he rattled the bar in additional time.<br /><br />Neither side managed to find the elusive winning goal meaning Nacional remain third in Group 6, three points adrift of Cruz Azul in second. The Aurinegros would need a minor miracle to qualify as they sit five points behind the Mexicans at the foot of the group.<br /></td>
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<td style="text-align: center; width: 40%; background-color: #e93420;" valign="top"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="color: #ffffff;">Universidad de Chile<br /></span></strong></span></td>
<td style="text-align: center; background-color: #ffffff; width: 10%;"><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">2-1<br /></span></strong></td>
<td style="text-align: center; width: 40%; background-color: #e93420;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #ffffff;"><strong>Penarol<br /></strong></span></span></td>
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<td style="text-align: left;">After a great start Universidad de Chile lost momentum and allowed Penarol to sneak an equaliser before securing the win with a stoppage-time winer.<br /><br />La U stormed into an early lead when Fabian Carini spilled Junior Fernandes' cross into the box straight at the feet of <strong>Matias Rodriguez</strong> and the Argentine duly tucked into the open net with just three minutes on the clock. Ten minutes later, Gustavo Lorenzetti saw his shot deflected wide and La U won a penalty from the resultant corner. Jose Rojas stepped up but fired the spot-kick over the bar.<br /><br />El Bulla sought another goal before the break but some occasionally sloppy play left them stretched at times. Fernandes and Lorenzetti both missed chances to enhance upon the Chileans&rsquo; lead before heading into the break. They were fortunate not to end the half level as Luis Aguiar rattled with woodwork with an exquisite stoppage-time free kick.<br /><br />The game was indeed back to square one seven minutes after the restart as a rare mistake from Jhonny Herrera enabled <strong>Carlos Valdez</strong>'s header to creep over the line. Penarol defended astutely and managed to limit the number of chances for La U. With only a few minutes left Raul Ruidiaz ballooned a golden opportunity to win it over the bar from Lorenzetti's pass. But all was not lost as in the final three minutes <strong>Rodriguez</strong> popped up once more to fire in from Mena's cutback to earn a dramatic win.<br /><br />The 2011 Copa Sudamerican champions move up to second in Group 8, two points clear of third-place Godoy Cruz. Penarol remain bottom with a solitary point from their opening four games.<br /></td>
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