San Lorenzo through on dramatic day
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San Lorenzo squeezed through to the next round of the Copa Libertadores by the slimmest of margins thanks to a 3-0 victory over Botafogo.

Ignacio Piatti's brace and Hector Villalba's long-range effort earned San Lorenzo the win that saw them pip Ecuadorian side Independiente to second spot in Group 2 thanks to a better goal difference of one goal. Independiente had held a top-two spot going into the final round of group matches but, despite beating first-placed Union Espanola 5-4 away from home in a thrilling encounter, they fell just short.

Daniel Angulo scored four goals for unlucky Independiente, who saw a 3-1 lead turn into a 4-3 deficit before Junior Sornoza slotted home the match-winner from the penalty spot 12 minutes from time. San Lorenzo coach Edgardo Bauza said of the dramatic day: "It was a heart-stopping way to decide it, until the last moment we did not know if the place was ours. We gave our best, everything we had, and now we can celebrate."

It was also a tight affair in Group 5, where Defensor Sporting and two-time former champions Cruzeiro claimed the top two spots and left Universidad de Chile out of the competition. Uruguyan side Defensor took top spot after claiming a 1-1 draw against Universidad, although it needed a second-half equaliser from Matias Alonso to earn them the point they needed after falling behind to a Ramon Fernandez goal.

Universidad's draw allowed Cruzeiro to finish above them on goal difference thanks to their 3-0 win over Real Garcilaso, who slumped to a fifth successive loss following goals from Ricardo Goulart, Bruno Rodrigo and Julio Baptista.

Bolivian side Bolivar caused a surprise as they progressed as Group 7 winners following their 2-1 win over Emelec of Ecuador. Goals at the start of either half from William Ferreira and Juan Miguel Callejon put Bolivar in charge and although Luis Escalada pulled a late goal back for Emelec, it was not enough to deny the hosts.

In the fight for second spot, Mexican outfit Leon came out victors after beating Flamengo 3-2 at the Maracana to finish three points above the Brazilian giants Leon led twice in the first half before being pegged back by the 1981 winners, but there was no denying them a third time after Carlos Pena Rodriguez slotted home what would prove to be the winner seven minutes from time.