Benedetto puts Boca Juniors within reach of Copa Libertadores final

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Buenos Aires, Oct 25 (IANS) Dario Benedetto struck two late goals as six-time champions Boca Juniors of Argentina moved within sight of the Copa Libertadores final with a 2-0 victory over Brazil’s Palmeiras here.

The hosts broke the Brazilian side’s resistance in the 83rd minute at the Bombonera on Wednesday when Benedetto rose highest to power in a header connecting a Sebastian Villa corner, reports Xinhua news agency.

But the best was yet to come from the 28-year-old. Five minutes later he received the ball from Pablo Perez and, with his back to goal, the striker deftly spun past Luan Garcia before unleashing an unstoppable 25-yard shot past goalkeeper Weverton.

The decisive second leg will be played at Palmeiras’ Allianz Parque in Sao Paulo next Wednesday, with the winners earning a place in the final, which will also be played over two legs in November.

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–IANS

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