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Copa Libertadores Review: Fabulous Fred scores four in Mineiro win

A stunning performance by Fred led Atletico Mineiro to a Copa Libertadores win, while River Plate stayed perfect on Thursday.

Fred, a former Brazil international, struck four times in the final 20 minutes to see Mineiro record a 5-2 win over Sport Boys in Group Six.

Former Real Madrid and Manchester City forward Robinho had put hosts Mineiro ahead in the fifth minute with a header at the back post.

But the Bolivian visitors responded through a powerful Carlos Tenorio header and went 2-1 up in the 55th minute, when Alexis Messidoro headed in a Juan Zampiery cross.

However, from the 72nd minute, Fred took over.

He diverted a Rafael Carioca effort from range past goalkeeper Carlos Arias to draw Mineiro level before tapping in an Elias pass.

Fred completed his hat-trick in the 89th minute with a header and then added a fourth with a cracking finish from 20 yards.

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Mineiro moved onto four points in Group Six, level with Godoy Cruz and three clear of both Libertad and Sport Boys.

River Plate remain in control of Group Three after a 4-2 victory at home to Melgar.

Sebastian Driussi scored a brace for the Argentine giants, who led 3-2 at the break before seeing out their win.

Emanuel Herrera netted twice for the visitors.

River are on six points and three ahead of Emelec, who beat Medellin 1-0, and Melgar.

Botafogo made it two from two in Group One courtesy of a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Atletico Nacional.