Santos could have broken the Libertadores Cup record of eight straight wins it shares with Vasco da Gama by beating Caracas FC in Venezuela on Wednesday night but tied, 2-2. In a battle between the only two Argentine clubs left in the competition, Boca Juniors beat Velez Sarsfield even though Martin Palermo missed his second penalty kick in four days. Palermo is famous for missing three penalty kicks in one game while playing for Argentina against Colombia in 1999.
But Palermo did score against Velez Sarsfield, in between strikes from Juan Riquelme and Clemente Rodriguez. Santos earned its tie with Caracas despite losing defenders Denis and Antonio Carlosto injury and Denis' replacement,Dionisio, to a red card.
Club America, one of three Mexican teams in the round of 16, thumped Colo Colo, 3-0.
Round of 16, first leg
Wednesday, May 2
Boca Juniors (Argentina) 3 Velez Sarsfield (Argentina) 0
Goals: Juan Riquelme 9, Martin Palermo 60, Clemente Rodriguez 89
Defensor Sporting (Uruguay) 3 Flamengo (Brazil) 0
Goals: Alvaro Navarro 5 pen, 79, Alvaro Gonzalez 48
Sao Paulo (Brazil) 1 Gremio (Brazil) 0
Goal: Miranda 57
Club America (Mexico) 3 Colo Colo (Chile) 0
Goals: Salvador Cabanas 26, Santiago Fernandez 29, Ricardo Rojas 53
Caracas FC (Venezuela) 2 Santos (Brazil) 2
Goals: Ivan Velasquez 54, Leonel Vielma 85; Ze Roberto 15, Kleber 63
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