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Copa Libertadores wrap: Toluca stun Boca, Sao Paulo through

Created on 18 Apr., 2013 5:34 PM GMT

Flavio Santos scored twice as Mexican club Toluca ended their Copa Libertadores campaign with a 3-2 victory over Boca Juniors.

Toluca were pegged back twice by their Argentine visitors before a header from Santos with nine minutes remaining clinched the win for the Mexican hosts.

But Wednesday's result meant little in terms of the knockout stages of the Copa Libertadores with Toluca finishing third, one point behind Boca, while Nacional stayed top of Group One despite a 1-0 loss to Barcelona of Ecuador.

At the Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca struck the opening blow in the ninth minute when Edy Brambila released Edgar Benitez into the left channel and the Paraguayan winger galloped into the box before finishing from a tight angle.

But Boca hit back just before half-time thanks to Leandro Somoza's header from a stoppage-time corner.

A diving header from Santos put Toluca back in front in the 65th minute before Boca equalised again through Guillermo Fernandez.

Boca striker Nicolas Blandi had time to hold up the ball in Toluca's penalty area, turn back inside and tee up Fernandez on the edge of the penalty area before the 21-year-old midfielder thumped a first-time shot into the top corner of the net.

But Santos denied Boca victory and top spot in Group One when Santos headed Erbin Trejo's corner into the net in the 81st minute.

In Ecuador, Gonzalo Castillejos scored Barcelona's goal as they picked up their first win of the Copa Libertadores group stage against Uruguayan club Nacional.

In Group Three, Sao Paulo leapfrogged The Strongest to clinch a spot in the knockout stages after overcoming leaders Atletico Mineiro 2-0.

After a scoreless first half in the all-Brazilian clash, Sao Paulo struck 12 minutes after the break when goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni converted a penalty.

The hosts then finished Atletico Mineiro off with eight minutes remaining when Osvaldo was released behind the visitors' defence, tempted the goalkeeper and then squared the ball for Ademilson to side-foot into an empty net.

Sao Paulo had Arsenal to thank for their rise into second position in Group Three after the Argentine club defeated Bolivia's The Strongest 2-1.

The defeat meant The Strongest dropped to bottom of the group on six points as Sao Paulo moved up to second on seven, while Arsenal (seven points) claimed third, missing out on the knockout stages on goal difference.

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