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Sao Paulo crushes defending champs

Sao Paulo players celebrate Rafael Toloi's goal against Universidad de Chile.
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Brazilian giants Sao Paulo booked a berth in the Copa Sudamericana semi-finals after they hammered reigning champions Universidad de Chile 5-0.

A brace by Jadson and a goal each from Luis Fabiano, Lucas and Rafael Toloi helped Ney Franco's Sao Paulo claim a 7-0 aggregate win.

The final score was a fair reflection of the action as Sao Paulo were superb from the first minute to the final whistle, playing calmly after the 2-0 away win in the first leg in Santiago.

The defending champions were unable to control Sao Paulo at the Pacaembu stadium, not even in the second period, when Franco withdrew some of his stars.

Jadson opened the scoring in the fourth minute after a counter-attack started by Maicon.

In the 21st minute, Lucas dribbled past Universidad defender Matias Rodriguez and beat keeper Johnny Herrera with a shot inside the right post.

Eight minutes later, Sao Paulo consolidated their lead as Luis Fabiano got the ball from Lucas and made it 3-0.

Toloi scored a nice goal with his right foot, sending the ball to the top corner of the goal in the 64th minute, while Jadson got the ball from Cortez and made it 5-0 with 13 minutes remaining.

Lucas told he is focused on winning the Copa Sudamericana, a title Sao Paulo has never won, and not on his future at Paris St Germain next January.

"Each match I try to do my best like if it was the last one,'' he said.

"I want to win this Copa Sudamericana and that is why I'm running a lot every game."

Sao Paulo's next opponents are not yet known and, depending on results, could be Gremio, Independiente or Universidad Catolica.

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