San Lorenzo, Botafogo win in Copa Libertadores round of 16

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Rio de Janeiro, July 7 (IANS) Argentine football club San Lorenzo took a step towards the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals with a 1-0 away victory over Ecuador’s Emelec.

Fernando Belluschi on Thursday scored just before the half-hour mark, meaning the 2014 champions will need only a draw in the return match on August 10 to qualify for the last eight, reports Xinhua news agency.

Brazilian club Botafogo also secured a 1-0 away victory in their round of 16 first leg against Nacional of Uruguay after a first-half strike from Joao Paulo in Montevideo.

The Copa Libertadores is South America’s top club competition, featuring teams from the 10 member nations of the South American Football Confederation.

The winners will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in December.

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