Copa Santander Libertadores Roundup, Feb. 23

BY foxsports • February 24, 2010

Internacional of Brazil and Argentine club Velez Sarsfield both secured wins in the Copa Libertadores group stage on Tuesday.

Morelia of Mexico played out a goalless draw with Uruguay's Nacional in the day's final match.

Alecsandro scored a late winner as Internacional had a 2-1 home win against Ecuadorean club Emelec, while Hernan Lopez hit the only goal as Velez beat Deportivo Italia of Venezuela 1-0 away.

Morelia striker Miguel Sabah was sent off for headbutting an opponent during his club's 0-0 draw with Nacional.

The Copa Libertadores is the top club competition in Latin America. Eight group winners and the six best placed runners-up will qualify for the round of 16.

In Porto Alegre, Nei equalized for Internacional from long range in the 53rd minute after Emelec had taken the lead through a low shot from David Quiroz in the 49th.

The Brazilian club secured a winning start to its Libertadores campaign with a winner from Alecsandro following a pass from Andresinho in the 87th.

The win moved Internacional level with Cerro of Uruguay at the top of Group 5 after one game played.

Meanwhile, in Caracas, Velez striker Lopez bundled the winning goal against Deportivo Italia following a corner in the 54th minute as Velez secured a second straight victory to top Group 7.

Chilean club Colo Colo can draw level with Velez at the top of Group 7 tomorrow with an away win against Cruzeiro of Brazil.

In Mexico, Morelia finished with ten men after Sabah was sent off in the 85th minute against Nacional. The draw kept Nacional second in Group 6, two points behind leader Banfield after two matches.

Morelia is third with one point from two matches, with Cuenca in last place.

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