Ronaldinho inspired Atletico Mineiro to a 5-2 victory over Argentina’s Arsenal in the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday in a game marred by fighting between Arsenal supporters and Brazilian police at the end of the game. The Brazil and Barcelona legend scored twice as Atletico extended its perfect record in the competition.
After the final whistle, Arsenal players confronted the referees, prompting Brazilian police, which have a reputation of being a little overzealous, to use force, including pointing guns at them. Minas Gerais police colonelCicero defended his men's actions. "It was criminal conduct, out of place at a soccer match,” he said. “(The Argentines) could be arrested."
Atletico, firmly entrenched as one of the favorites to lift the South American championship, is running away with Copa Libertadores Group 3, having recorded five wins in five games. Sao Paulo and Arsenal are tied for second with just four points each, although Sao Paulo has a game in hand.