Copa Santander Libertadores Roundup, Apr. 14

Dentinho and Elias scored Wednesday as Brazil’s Corinthians had a

2-0 win at Racing of Uruguay to qualify for the last 16 of the Copa

Libertadores.

Universidad Catolica of Chile beat Flamengo 2-0 at home,

while Emelec of Ecuador held Internacional to a 0-0 draw in the

day’s other group matches.

Corinthians, with Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos in the starting

lineup, opened up a six-point gap atop Group 1 after Dentinho’s

34th-minute strike and an Elias goal in the closing stages against

Racing.

With one match group remaining, the Brazilian club has 13

points, with Racing on seven, Independiente Medellin on six and

Cerro Porteno on one.

Corinthians is in its centenary year and has signed World Cup

winners Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo in an effort to win the

Libertadores for the first time.

In the last group matches, Cerro Porteno hosts Racing and

Corinthians are at home to Independiente Medellin on April 22.

Damian Diaz opened the scoring for Universidad Catolica

against Flamengo in the third minute.

Francisco Silva doubled the lead with a left wing cross that

curled beyond goalkeeper Bruno in the 46th minute.

The result meant Universidad de Chile has secured

qualification to the next round, while Catolica renewed its hopes

of progression.

Universidad de Chile has 11 points, four points clear of

Flamengo and five ahead of Catolica.

Flamengo visits Caracas and Catolica travel to Universidad

next Wednesday.

Emelec claimed its first point of this year’s tournament with

a scoreless draw at home against Internacional of Brazil in Group

5.

Deportivo Quito leads the section with 10 points, followed by

Internacional on nine, Cerro on seven and Emelec on one.

Cerro next week hosts Emelec and Internacional receives

Deportivo Quito.

The eight group winners and six best placed runners-up will

qualify for the knockout round of 16, to start next month.