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
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
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.