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River Plate and Flamengo score late winners in Copa Libertadores

River Plate and Flamengo score late winners in Copa Libertadores

Argentina's River Plate and Brazil's Flamengo both scored late goals to secure 2-1 wins in the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday.
Ariel Ortega scored in injury time as River Plate edged Mexico's America, while Marcinho found the net with two minutes remaining as Flamengo downed Peru's Cienciano. In Wednesday's other game, Colombia's Atletico Nacional was held 1-1 at home by Brazil's Sao Paulo.
Ortega's winner was a vital one for the Buenos Aires club, which had lost its opening game in Group 5. River's win meant it was now level with America and group rivals Universidad San Martin of Peru and Chile's Universidad Catolica on three points after two games.
Salvador Cabanas, a Paraguayan playing for America, opened the scoring with a spectacular header in the 15th minute before Colombian striker Radamel Falcao equalized for the hosts in the 31st.
"We are the rightful winners," Ortega said. "We went looking for the victory in this match and we got it."
Ortega also had an early scoring chance but hit a post before 40,000 fans at El Monumental.
In Rio de Janeiro, substitute Marcinho's goal put Flamengo atop Group 4 with four points, a point ahead of Cienciano and Uruguay's Nacional, with Peru's Bolognesi on one.
Flamengo, playing before a raucous crowd at the Maracana, took the lead in the 37th minute, and it paid off when midfielder Toro found Souza unmarked, and the striker fired high into the upper right corner.
Cienciano struck back in first-half injury time. Gustavo Vassallo met a high pass in the goal area and headed into the right corner, catching goalkeeper Bruno out of position.
The Peruvian club looked like hanging on for a draw until the 88th minute, when striker Obina controlled a ball on his chest in the penalty area, and Marcinho streaked in from the left, took the ball and tapped it into the far corner.
In Medellin, Atletico Nacional went ahead in the 8th minute thanks to a David Cordoba header, before Sao Paulo defender Joao Miranda equalized with his own header in the 32nd.