Brazilian sides Corinthians, Flamengo & Cruzeiro claim wins in the Copa Libertadores

Corinthians 2 – Racing 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 24, 2010) Corinthians were stunned when Racing striker Martin Cauteruccio stole in behind the defence to net Rodrigo Brasesco’s free kick with 52 seconds on the clock. Ronaldo began the move that led to Corinthians’ 11th minute equaliser, feeding playmaker Tcheco whose excellent pass left Elias with only the keeper to beat. Racing were reduced to 10 men when Dario Flores was sent off for a foul on Elias, his second booking, in the 57th minute and man-of-the-match Elias scored the 70th-minute winner.

Monterrey 2 – Nacional 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 24, 2010) Mexican club Monterrey won 2-1 at home against Nacional of Paraguay with the winner coming from Osvaldo Martinez.

Flamengo 2 – Universidad Catolica 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 24, 2010) Flamengo played with 10 men for virtually the whole match after midfielder Willians was shown a straight red card for elbowing Hans Martinez in the third minute. Right back Leo Moura Flamengo ahead with an 11th minute free-kick and Catolica lost their numerical advantage when Milovan Mirosevic kicked Toro in the stomach and was sent off before halftime. Adriano increased the lead after a fine attacking run by Leo, and Vagner Love should have made it three but blasted a penalty over the bar.

Cruzeiro 4 – Colo Colo 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 24, 2010) Chile striker Esteban Paredes tapped in an equaliser from a low left cross in reply to Thiago Ribeiro’s seventh-minute opener for Cruzeiro. Colo Colo defender Diego Olate was then sent off for a second booking 12 minutes after the interval, and soon Cruzeiro were ahead through a Kleber penalty. Colo Colo then had Roberto Cereceda dismissed for a second yellow card offence, Pedro Ken scored Cruzeiro’s third goal and Kleber made it four with his second penalty.

Juan Aurich 2 – Bolivar 0 (Copa Libertadores, February 24, 2010) Roberto Ciciliano put the hosts ahead on 11 minutes, Luis Tejada grabbing the second before the end of the first half.