South American Goals: River win an epic 7-goal thriller over Chacarita; Vitoria-Cruzeiro & Botafogo-Gremio both draw 3-all

River Plate 4 – Chacarita Juniors 3 (Argentinean Apertura, August 30, 2009) River led twice through a Diego Buonanotte free kick in the 6th and Gustavo Cabral’s header from a corner in the 32nd. Matias Alustiza leveled each time for Chacarita, first hitting a crisp finish across goal in the 23rd and then dispatching a penalty in first-half injury time. Chacarita took a 3-2 lead when Facundo Parra scored eight minutes after the restart, but River substitute Daniel Villalba equalised in the 69th and Ariel Ortega snatched victory with a measured lob in the 87th to ease the pressure on coach Nestor Gorosito.

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Atletico Mineiro 1 – Sport Recife 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 30, 2009)

Vitoria 3 – Cruzeiro 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 30, 2009)

Santos 2 – Fluminense 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 30, 2009)

Botafogo 3 – Gremio 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 30, 2009) Jonas scored twice for Gremio and Souza scored another, while Botafogo’s goals were converted by Reinaldo, Victor Simoes and Leandro Guerreiro, the last coming three minutes before full-time.

Sao Paulo 0 – Palmeiras 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 30, 2009)