Sao Paulo ease past Cruzeiro into Libertadores semis
Sao Paulo: Three times Libertadores Cup champions Sao Paulo eased to a 2-0 home win over 10-man Cruzeiro to advance to the semi-finals with a 4-0 aggregate victory in the all-Brazilian clash.
Cruzeiro, already 2-0 down following a first-leg defeat at home in Belo Horizonte last week, suffered a further setback when striker Kleber was sent off in the opening minute for elbowing Sao Paulo`s Richarlyson.
Sao Paulo took the lead when Brazil midfielder Hernanes volleyed superbly into the top corner from Junior Cesar`s left cross midway through the first half.
They went further ahead eight minutes into the second half when another Junior Cesar cross was headed down by man-of-the-match Fernandao to fellow striker Dagoberto, who lobbed keeper Fabio.
Hernanes and Dagoberto also scored the goals in the first leg for a side who last won South America`s top club competition in 2005.
The semi-finals will be played after the World Cup in South Africa, which ends on July 11.
Estudiantes, who beat Cruzeiro in last year`s final to lift their fourth title, host Brazil`s Internacional on Thursday 1-0 down from the first leg in Porto Alegre. They play at Quilmes in Buenos Aires due to refurbishments at their ground in La Plata.
In the other quarter-final, Flamengo visit Universidad de Chile at the Monumental in Santiago trailing 3-2 after the Chileans secured a shock first leg victory at the Maracana.
Mexico`s Guadalajara advanced on Tuesday despite a 2-0 defeat away to Libertad of Paraguay at the Defensores del Chaco in Asuncion, having won the home leg 3-0 last week.