FOOTBALL: Copa Libertadores: Cruzeiro 1-0 Sao Paulo (Cruzeiro win 4-3 on penalties)

HEADLINE: Cruzeiro see off Sao Paulo

DATE: 13/05/2015

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Cruzeiro have advanced to the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals after seeing off fellow Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo on penalties on Wednesday.

Sao Paulo took a 1-0 advantage into the second leg tie, but Cruzeiro brought things level when Leandro Damiao struck after 55 minutes.

With scores locked at 1-1 on aggregate, the match was forced to penalties, where Gabriel Xavier slotted the winning spot kick to send Cruzeiro into the last eight.


Fans could hardly watch as the Copa Libertadores tie between Brazilian pair, Sao Paulo and Cruzeiro, had to be settled by penalties on Wednesday....

Gabriel Xavier was the man tasked with sending Cruzeiro into the last eight....

But the action that preceded that moment, also lived up to it's billing.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Cruziero brought things level through Leandro Damiao's smart finish.

The forward grabbing his fourth of the campaign - to send the tie to spotkicks.

With penalties locked at 3-3, up stepped Sao Paulo's Lucao to hand his side the advantage....

Fabio was able to turn the tide though.

And Xavier had no hesitation in sending his side through, a quarter-final meeting with Boca Juniors or River Plate, awaits.


00:00 Pre-game GVs

First half

00:38 Michel Bastos (Sao Paulo) hits his free-kick just over the crossbar + replay

00:57 Willian (Cruzeiro) shoots just wide from distance + replay

01:18 Willian's curling effort goes wide of the goal + replay

01:42 Willian's free-kick tipped over by Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni + replay

Second half

01:54 GOAL: Cruzeiro 1-0 Sao Paulo (Leandro Damiao 55') + replay

02:49 Gabriel Xavier (Cruzeiro) shot tipped wide by Ceni + replay

03:05 Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro) shoots wide from the centre of the box + replay

03:33 Full-time whistle

03:59 Players receiving treatment before penalties

04:19 Ceni scores his penalty to put Sao Paulo 1-0 up

04:46 Ceni saves Damiao's penalty (Sao Paulo lead 1-0)

05:01 Marcos Goncalves scores his penalty (Cruzeiro trail 1-2)

05:12 Souza (Sao Paulo) blasts his penalty over the crossbar, Sao Paulo still lead 2-1 + replay

05:34 Fabio (Cruzeiro) saves Luis Fabiano's penalty, shootout level at 2-2 + replay

06:11 Henrique scores his penalty as Cruzeiro take a 3-2 lead in the shootout

06:21 Manoel (Cruzeiro) penalty saved by Ceni, scores locked at 3-3

06:31 Fabio (Cruzeiro) saves Lucao's penalty, 3-3

06:43 Gabriel Xavier scores the winning penalty. Cruzeiro win the shootout 4-3.


Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

KEYWORDS: Global Football, Football, Copa Libertadores, Cruzeiro, Sao Paulo, Michel Bastos, Willian, Rogerio Ceni, Gabriel Xavier, Leandro Damiao, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Marcos Goncalvez, Souza, Fabio, Luis Fabiano, Henrique, Highlights, Review