Vasco run riot as compatriots fall
Brazilian side Vasco da Gama claimed a sensational 8-3 win over Bolivia's Aurora to qualify for the Copa Sudamericana quarter-finals on Wednesday.
After losing 3-1 the first leg in Bolivia, Vasco needed a victory by more than two goals to get their passport to the next round, and they easily secured it.
Only five minutes into the match Bernardo missed an easy goal with a header, but he found his range three minutes later, turning on the edge of the box before shooting on goal to beat the keeper and open the scoring. Vasco`s happiness did not last long, though, as Augusto Andaveris made it 1-1 on the counter-attack.
But Vasco kept pressing - they created several goal chances - and the real difference was made in the 35th minute, when Aurora's Gonzalo Galindo received his second yellow card for a foul and left his side with 10 men. Vasco then scored from the subsequent free-kick, with Alecsandro getting on the end of a Juninho free-kick to make it 2-1, before repeating the trick to open up a two-goal lead.
The second half was a breeze for Vasco. Leandro scored three minutes after the break and then Juninho added a fifth from the penalty spot. There was still time for more drama, with Diomedes Pena scoring from the spot himself for Aurora, making it 5-2 on the night and putting them just one goal away from winning on away goals.
But Bernardo quickly scored at the other end to make it six and Douglas widened the gap, meaning Ronald Segovia`s 87th-minute effort was no more than a consolation for Aurora. Even then, there was still time for Louriero Allan to net his side`s eighth goal of the game. As a reward, Vasco will face Peru`s Universitario in the last eight.
Libertad won 2-0 at home to claim their ticket to the next round, going through 2-1 on aggregate. Emerson Leao made his debut as Sao Paulo's coach, but his arrival was enough to prevent his team from being eliminated.
The opening goal came nine minutes into the game, with Sergio Aquino scoring from the spot after a foul by Luis Fabiano. Sao Paulo looked to respond but could not and, when Ariel Nunez beat Rogerio Ceni, the game was up.
Meanwhile, Flamengo could not make any inroads on the 4-0 first-leg defeat they suffered and ended up going out 5-0 on aggregate. Marcelo Diaz scored the only goal of the game in the 22nd minute.