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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.

Bureau Report

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