HEADLINE: Internacional ease past weary Atletico Mineiro
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Internacional booked their place in the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Atletico Mineiro in the second leg of their round of 16 tie on Wednesday.
With scores locked at 2-2 from the first leg, Internacional were on the attack from the outset and took a 2-0 lead into half-time thanks to stunning strikes from Valdivia and Andres D'Alessandro.
When Lucas Pratto pulled one back for Atletico just before the hour mark, the visitors were within a goal on aggregate, but a defensive lapse allowed Lisandro Lopez to put the result beyond doubt for Internacional.
They will meet Colombia's Santa Fe in the next stage.
It was advantage Internacional early into their all-Brazilian tie with Athletico Mineiro.
Valdivia's sublime finish putting his side 3-2 ahead on aggregate...
The quality of that strike though was soon eclipsed by team-mate Andres D'Alessandro.
2013 winners Mineiro pulled one back through Lucas Pratto...but some woeful defending allowed Lisandro Lopez to put the result beyond doubt for Internacional.
They'll face Colombia's Santa Fe, in the last eight.
00:00 Pre-game GVs
00:40 GOAL: Internacional 1-0 Atletico MG (Valdivia 22') + replay
01:24 GOAL: Internacional 2-0 Atletico MG (Andres D'Alessandro 45+1') + replay
02:16 GOAL: Internacional 2-1 Atletico MG (Lucas Pratto 59') + replay
02:59 GOAL: Internacional 3-1 Atletico MG (Lisandro Lopez 80') + replay
03:43 Full-time whistle + celebrations
Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borba, Porto Alegre, Brazil
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