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Sao Paulo moves into second place with win
Friday 12, Mar 2010

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP)—Washington scored twice as Sao Paulo of Brazil won 2-0 at Paraguayan club Nacional in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores on Thursday.

Cerro of Uruguay also enjoyed an away win, while Brazilian clubs Internacional and Cruzeiro were held to draws.

Washington rounded the goalkeeper to put Sao Paulo ahead in the 59th minute and converted a low cross from the left for the second in the 90th against Nacional.

The win moved Sao Paulo to second in Group 2, a point behind Colombia’s Once Caldas after three matches. Nacional has lost all three games so far.

Claudio Dadomo scored the winner in the 67th minute in Cerro’s 2-1 victory at Emelec of Ecuador. Pablo Caballero opened the scoring for the Uruguayan club in the 52nd, while Pablo Perez got a consolation goal for Emelec in the 71st.

Cerro tops Group 5 after a second straight win.

Internacional sits two points behind Cerro after a 1-1 draw with Ecuador’s Deportivo Quito. Deportivo took the lead through Tilson Minda in the 33rd minute, but Giuliano equalized for the Brazilian club in the 41st.

Goals from Kleber in the 27th and 51st minutes earned Cruzeiro a 2-2 draw against Venezuelan club Deportivo Italia, but the striker soured his night after receiving a red card in the 86th.

Richard Blanco scored the opener for Deportivo Italia in the 12th minute and David McIntosh rescued a first point of this year’s tournament for the Venezuelan club with a 66th minute leveler. Deportivo Italia also finished with 10 men after Rafael Lobo was shown a straight red card in the 90th minute.

Cruzeiro is two points behind Velez Sarsfield of Argentina at the top of Group 7.

The Copa Libertadores is the top continental club competition in Latin America, equivalent to the Champions’ League in Europe.

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