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Thursday, April 1, 2010
Cruzeiro cruise, Internacional ease Forsatti pressure

Thiago Ribeiro and Kleber inspired Cruzeiro to a 3-0 home win over Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield which moved them level with their opponents at the top of Copa Libertadores Group Seven. Ribeiro scored one and helped set up both of Kleber's goals as the duo ran Velez ragged.

Cruzeiro took the lead in the 32nd minute, when Ribeiro evaded three defenders to finish well. Kleber doubled the lead three minutes after the restart when he met Ribeiro's cross from the right and rounded off a convincing win in the 55th minute.

The win put Cruzeiro level with Velez on 10 points, six more than Chilean giants Colo Colo, who play already-eliminated Venezuelan side Deportivo Italia next Tuesday.

Cruzeiro boss Adilson Batista said: "The players were inspired. Cruzeiro played very well and the guys did what I wanted. Teams in Brazil respect us and so do South American teams.''

Velez coach Ricardo Gareca admitted his side were second best. He said: ''Cruzeiro were much better than us. We are not used to this type of match, but we'll use the experience for the future."

In Group Five, two second-half goals earned Brazilian side Internacional a 2-0 win over Cerro of Uruguay. Walter Ibanez's own goal 13 minutes after the restart put Internacional in front and Alecsandro added a second in the 71st minute as the Porto Alegre side moved on to eight points at the top of the group and eased the pressure on under-fire boss Jorge Fossati

Alecsandro said: "Our campaign is good enough to make us champions. Our opponents played very defensively and we did our job very well.''

Substitute Maximiliano Laso's last-gasp goal earned Argentinian champions Banfield a 1-1 draw away to Mexican outfit Morelia. A 77th-minute header by Jared Borgetti put Morelia ahead, but Laso, who came on for Marcelo Quinteros in the 87th minute, scored after being set up by Walter Erviti in injury time. Both teams ended the game with 10 men, Banfield midfielder Roberto Battion seeing red in the 66th minute and Morelia's Jorge Kalu Gastelum picking up a second yellow card eight minute later.

The draw lifted Banfield level on eight points with Uruguayan giants Nacional at the top of Group Six. Nacional top the group on goal difference, while Morelia are third on five points.

Elsewhere, Mexican side Monterrey played out a goalless draw with Brazilian giants Sao Paulo, who remained top of Group Two.

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