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Copa Libertadores wrap: 10-man Boca rise, Arsenal win at home

Created on 15 Mar., 2013 5:27 AM GMT

Boca Juniors moved to second place in Copa Libertadores Group 1 on Thursday courtesy of a 1-0 away win over Nacional.

Trailing the Uruguayan leaders by four points heading into the match in Montevideo, Boca had a 44th-minute penalty from veteran midfielder Juan Riquelme to thank for their win, which trimmed the deficit to one point after four games.

It was a remarkable performance from the six-time Copa champions, given they had to play for most of the match with 10 men following the dismissal of Claudio Perez for a second bookable offence in the 21st minute.

Elsewhere, Argentine club Arsenal enjoyed a 2-1 home win over Brazilian side Sao Paulo.

Jorge Ortiz opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 66th minute, but Aloisio levelled six minutes later.

With both sides pressing for a winner in the closing stages, it was Arsenal who prevailed thanks to an 85th-minute strike from Diego Braghieri.

It was Arsenal's first win in Group 3, and pulled them level with second-placed Sao Paulo on four points, although both teams are a long way behind unbeaten Brazilians Atletico Mineiro who have 12.

And Bolivian outfit San Jose enjoyed a 2-0 triumph over Colombians Millonarios in Group 5.

Marcelo Gomes and Carlos Saucedo did the damage on the scoreboard to help San Jose post their first victory of the group stage.