Copa Libertadores Roundup, Feb 3

Brazil’s Cruzeiro hammered Bolivia’s Real Potosi 7-0 on Wednesday

to storm into the group stages of the Copa Libertadores.

Cruzeiro won the prelimiary stage tie 8-1 on aggregate, and

were joined in the group stage by Peruvian club Juan Aurich, which

won 2-1 away at Estudiantes Tecos of Mexico to record a 4-1

aggregate victory.

Cruzeiro’s seven goals came from seven different players:

Wellington Paulista (28), Thiago (30), Kleber (38), Jonathan (45),

Eliandro (87), Bernardo (88) and Joffre Guerron (90), who were all

on target for the Belo Horizonte club.

Potosi was already four goals down when Gerardo Yecerotte was

sent off just after half time and the Bolivian club finished with

nine men when Gonzalo Galindo was also red carded in the 74th

minute.

Juan Aurich went into the game with a 2-0 buffer from its

home first leg, and extended that advantage with a crucial away

goal from Luis Tejada, heading in a Reimond Albarracin cross, in

the 44th minute.

That left Tecos needing four goals to progress, and what

small encouragement they took from Juan Aurich’s Willy Rivas being

sent off for stamping in the 66th minute was soon snuffed out as

Ricardo Ciciliano scored in the 74th to make it 2-0 on the night

and 4-0 on aggregate.

Fredy Bareiro headed in a consolation goal for the Mexican

club in the 76th.

Paraguay’s Libertad won through to the group stage on

Tuesday, and there are three more second-leg matches remaining in

the preliminary round to decide the six teams that progress to the

group stage of Latin America’s top club tournament.