Caracas qualify with controversial penalty

BUENOS AIRES - Caracas FC qualified for the last 16 of the Libertadores Cup by beating Chile's Everton 1-0 with a controversial penalty. Dario Figueroa converted for the Venezuelans amid angry Everton protests after substitute Emilio Renteria went tumbling over in the penalty area in the 61st minute of Tuesday's match. Seven minutes later Everton had Rodrigo Ramirez sent off for punching an opponent. The win took Caracas top of Group Six with nine points from five games and they were guaranteed a place in the knockout stage when Mexico's Guadalajara were later held 0-0 at home by Argentina's Lanus. Lanus had Maxi Velasquez sent off for a second bookable offence early in the second half. Guadalajara (eight points) visit Everton (seven) in their last game while Caracas travel to Lanus (three), who are out. There was more controversial refereeing as Deportivo Quito beat Universitario de Sucre 3-1 to keep alive their chances in Group Five with the help of penalties by Leider Preciado and Luis Saritama. Both decisions were contested by the Bolivians. Saritama scored the other goal for the Ecuadoreans who had goalkeeper Giovanny Ibarra sent off for dissent at the start of the second half. Nicolas Raimondi replied for eliminated Universitario. Deportivo now need to win at Brazil's Cruzeiro to qualify.