Atletico Mineiro came from behind to beat Sao Paulo 2-1 away in the first leg of their all-Brazilian Copa Libertadores Round of 16 tie, while a late winner saw Ecuador's Emelec secure a 2-1 win over Brazilian giants Fluminense.
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Atletico Mineiro are the first club to secure passage into the Copa Libertadores knockout stage after a 2-1 win over The Strongest, while reigning champions Corinthians rebounded from a shock defeat to comfortably see off Tijuana.
A five-goal thriller saw Al Gharafa claim a vital win over relegation rivals Al Khrityat, with Diego Tardelli striking in the final acts of the game, after both sides had relinquished leads.
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Botafogo and Flamengo beat rock-bottom Atletico Goianiense and high-flying Ceara respectively, while Atletico Mineiro and Palmeiras also won.