Copa Santander Libertadores Roundup, Mar. 10

James Rodriguez scored twice as Argentine league champion Banfield

played to a 2-2 draw at Nacional of Uruguay on Wednesday to stay in

control of Group 4 of the Copa Libertadores.

In other matches, Alianza Lima and Flamengo of Brazil both

claimed victories, while Independiente Medellin vs. Corinthins and

Once Caldas vs. Monterrey ended in draws.

Rodriguez scored in the 18th and 37th minutes for Banfield,

in between goals from Gustavo Varela in the 6th and Mario Regueiro

in the 41st for the hosts.

Banfield moved to seven points, two points ahead of Nacional

with three games played.

In Group 1, Cesar Valoyes gave Colombian club Independiente

Medellin the lead against Corinthians in the 76th minute and

threaten a surprise win over a Brazilian club lineup containing

Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo.

But Dentinho equalized in the 85th to salvage a draw and keep

Corinthians a point ahead of Racing of Uruguay at the top of the

group.

Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Tragodara scored either side of

half time to give Alianza a home victory against fellow Peruvian

club Juan Aurich. Alianza has three straight wins and tops Group 3.

Vagner Love scored twice for Flamengo in the 3-1 away win

over Caracas of Venezuela. Rafael Castellin pulled Caracas level

after Love’s opening goal. But Love scored again and Rodrigo Alvim

sealed the result in the last minutes to put Flamengo atop Group 8

after two matches.

Hector Morales put Monterrey of Mexico ahead against Once

Caldas, but John Valencia equalized on the hour after Jesus Zavala

had been sent off for the Mexican club.

Monterrey finished with nine men after Gerardo Galindo was

red carded in the 84th.

Once Caldas tops Group 2 with seven points, three clear of

Monterrey. Sao Paulo of Brazil has a game in hand and can move into

second place with a victory away against Nacional of Paraguay on

Thursday.