Sao Paulo, Flamengo advance
Brazilian giants Sao Paulo made it into the Copa Sudamericana Round of 16 with a 3-0 home victory over compatriots Ceara on Wednesday.
Sao Paulo were in need of a win following the 2-1 away defeat in the first leg and things became even more difficult when they failed to score in the first half. Adilson Batista's side claimed the first goal of the night 10 minutes after the break when Cicero finished a Carlinhos Paraiba cross from the left.
Six minutes later Lucas doubled the gap by finishing a Casemiro assist. Dagoberto sealed Sao Paulo's qualification to the next round with a goal in the 64th minute.
Sao Paulo's veteran playmaker Rivaldo, who played in the second half, was glad to have won after two home games in the local league without a victory. He said: "We needed this a lot because we were not winning at home. The team changed a lot in the second half, as we pressured more."
Meanwhile in Curitiba, Ronaldinho scored the winner for Flamengo against Brazilian compatriots Atletico Paranaense after coming on as a second-half substitute. The 2002 FIFA World Cup™ winner replaced Jael in the 59th minute and 14 minutes later scored the winner from Dario Bottinelli's deflected corner.
It was the first time in 37 years Flamengo had beaten Paranaense in Curitiba.
Ronaldinho said: "It's great to me to be a part of Flamengo's history in such an important moment for the club."