Copa advantage for Cruzeiro, Gremio
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Brazilians Cruzeiro hold a slim margin in their Copa Libertadores quarter-final tie against compatriots Sao Paulo after securing a 2-1 lead after the first leg.

Leonardo Silva opened the scoring for the hosts with the final action of the first half when he headed home a Kleber corner, but Washington equalised for Sao Paulo shortly after the break. Then in the 65th minute a good combination between Ze Carlos and Magrao was capped off by Jonathan with a shot from the edge of the box.

"After we reached 1-1 we controlled the match, but they scored in an isolated move. We played better and we are confident we will win the second leg at home," declared Sao Paulo's play-maker Hernanes. The next will be played at Morumbi stadium on 17 June.

In the other Copa Libertadores game on Wednesday another Brazilian side, Gremio, rescued a valuable 1-1 draw away to Venezuelan giants Caracas. The hosts needed just one minute to open the scoring as Camilo Cichero headed home a free-kick by Jose Manuel Rey.

But before the break Caracas lost striker Emilio Renteria to injury and Gremio started to improve. Fabio Santos, with another header at the far post, levelled the match fifteen minutes before the final whistle.

"The pitch was in a terrible condition. It was a disaster," bemoaned Gremio play-maker Tcheco. Despite that, we managed to get a favourable result. At home, we will have a better pitch and we surely will make the difference." That game will also be played in Brazil on 17 June.