Copa Santander Libertadores Roundup, Apr. 13

Luis Checa scored the winning goal as Ecuador’s Deportivo Quito

moved closer to qualifying for the second stage of the Copa

Libertadores with a 2-1 win over Cerro of Uruguay on Tuesday.

Universidad de Chile also improved its chances of advancing

to the Round of 16 with a 3-1 away win over Caracas of Venezuela.

Deportivo Quito now has 10 points atop Group 8, two ahead of

Internacional, which has a game in hand. Universidad moved to 11

points atop Group 5, a lead of four over Flamengo, which also has a

game in hand.

The eight group winners and six best placed runners-up

qualify for the knockout round of 16, scheduled for next month.

The Copa Libertadores is the top club competition in Latin

America. The tournament takes a break after the quarterfinal stage

to make way for the World Cup, with the semifinals and final held

in July and August.

Isaac Mina gave Deportivo the lead against Cerro, scoring

from a low corner in the 20th minute.

Claudio Dadomo equalized with a penalty in the 25th minute,

but Checa headed the winner at the back post in the 86th to give

Deportivo victory.

Cerro dropped to third place after the loss, three points

behind Deportivo with one group match remaining.

Mauricio Victorino got Universidad started on its way to a

comfortable win at Caracas, prodding the opening goal past

goalkeeper Renny Vega following a left wing freekick in the 18th


Juan Olivera increased the lead with a 32nd-inute penalty and

Matias Rodriguez made it 3-0 in the 35th.

Alejandro Guerra was sent off for Caracas in the 66th minute,

but Cesar Gonzalez still managed a consolation goal for the

Venezuelan club in the 76th.

The win guaranteed a top two finish for Universidad, while

Caracas remained at the bottom of the group with two points.