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Santos Beat Independiente Santa Fe To Go Top Of Copa Libertadores Group

Lucas Verissimo scored late to hand Brazilian giants a 3-2 victory over Independiente Santa Fe in their group match on Thursday.

The 21-year-old center-back stabbed a first-time volley into the top left corner after David Braz’s headed pass at the Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo.

international striker Ricardo Oliveira and midfielder Vitor Bueno gave the hosts an early lead but the Colombian outfit equalized with goals to Johan Arango and Baldomero Perlaza.

The result left Santos top of Group B with eight points from four matches while Independiente dropped to third, four points off the pace.

Meanwhile, Uruguayan forward Matias Alonso scored twice as Bolivia’s The Strongest trounced Sporting Cristal of Peru 5-1.

Alejandro Chumacero, Fernando Marteli and Walter Veizaga were also on target for the hosts, who benefited further from a Diego Bejarano own goal.

In other matches on Friday, ’s Godoy Cruz were held to a 1-1 home draw by Paraguay’s Libertad and Club Guarani, also of Paraguay, won 3-1 at Venezuela’s Zamora.

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