Vélez Sarsfield News
Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield beat Venezuelan champions Caracas 3-0 in the opening game in Group Four of the Copa Libertadores.
Velez Sarsfield destroyed Venezuela's Deportivo Italia 4-0 to reach the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores. Midfielder Victor Zapata fired the Argentinean side ahead after he connected with Emiliano Papa's free kick and striker Rodrigo Lopez doubled their lead from the spot.
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. In Group Five, two second-half goals earned Brazilian side Internacional a 2-0 win over Cerro of Uruguay.
Uruguayan side Nacional claimed a crucial win as they saw off Argentinean champions Banfield 2-0 to climb to the top of Copa Libertadores Group Six.
Independiente jumped to the top of the Argentinian Clausura table after a 2-0 home win over River Plate.
Velez Sarsfield continued their good form by beating Venezuela's Deportivo Italia away from home to take the lead in Group Seven of the Copa Libertadores. Elsewhere, Internacional beat Emele and Uruguayan giants Nacional drew with Morelia in Mexico.
Martin Palermo was Argentina's saviour in a World Cup qualifier against Peru last October and he repeated the role for his club side Boca Juniors when he salvaged a point for the Buenos Aires giants against Godoy Cruz.
Jonathan Cristaldo scored twice as title holders Velez Sarsfield heaped more misery on Huracan to remain in touch with leaders Estudiantes in the Argentine Apertura championship on Sunday.
Cagliari forward Joaquin Larrivey is set to return to Argentina on a six-month loan to Velez Sarsfield.
Velez Sarsfield gave new coach Ricardo La Volpe, who coached Mexico at last year's World Cup, a winning debut as they thumped 10-man Danubio 3-0 in their preliminary round Libertadores Cup tie.