Copa Sudamericana Round-Up: Flamengo humiliated at home while late Luis Fabiano strike puts Sao Paulo in driving seat

The Brazilian international netted for the first time since returning to the Tricolor this year, while Flamengo were blown away at home and Arsenal go through to the last eight
Arsenal de Sarandi 3-2
Arsenal de Sarandi win 3-2 on aggregate

A gripping match in Argentina sent Arsenal de Sarandi into the quarter-finals of the Copa Sudamericana, as a late goal finally saw off their Paraguayan opponents when it appeared all was lost.

Having tied the first-leg 0-0 in Asuncion, Arsenal wasted no time in putting themselves in the driving seat. Cristian Trombetta put the home side into the lead 15 minutes in, before Emiliano Zelaya doubled the advantage shortly afterwards. Olimpia did not fold, however, and a double from Pablo Zeballos before half-time put the Decano in the lead on away goals.

With six minutes left, it appeared the Paraguayans were through, but there was one more twist to come. Gustavo Blanco was in a clear offside position when he headed home for the hosts, but the flag stayed down and Arsenal celebrated their progress in the competition they won in 2007.

Universidad de Chile
Brazilian giants Flamengo were humiliated in the first-leg of their last 16 tie when they were thrashed at home by an outstanding Universidad side who could have won by even more.

An unfortunate own goal by goalkeeper Felipe set the tone for the evening after just 13 minutes, and when Airton was sent off, Eduardo Vargas duly punished their hosts. The highly-rated youngster netted two close-range finishes in as many minutes to send the U 3-0 up at half time, dominating Flamengo across the field.

It should then have been four when Felipe retrieved Matias Rodriguez's penalty from over the line without the referee giving the goal. The Chileans, however, reduced to 10 men after Francisco Castro was harshly judged to have elbowed Willians, were not finished. Gustavo Lorenzetti crashed the ball home to cap the thrashing, and Flamengo will need a miracle to turn the tie around in a week's time.

Sao Paulo
Luis Fabiano netted his first goal since returning to Brazil to give Sao Paulo a narrow lead over Libertad in their first-leg, although the Paraguayans will feel that they still have a great chance to take the tie.

Both teams came out cautiously in the Morumbi, but became more adventurous after the half-time break as the game increased in tempo. Libertad stopper Bernardo Medina was the busiest of the two, saving from Cicero and Luis Fabiano in a second period which looked set to end in a stalemate.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, however, Fabiano took the chance to strike. The former Sevilla man controlled Dagoberto's nod-down perfectly, and released a bomb to give Medina no chance and finally break the deadlock. Libertad will have the opportunity to make amends in the second-leg of the tie, next Wednesday.