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August 19, 2010, 11:56 AM
MACOYA, Trinidad - Jose Maria Cardenas became the first player to score four times in a CONCACAF Champions League match and led Santos to a 5-2 victory over Joe Public on Wednesday in the opening Group Stage game for both.

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A pair by Cardenas in the second half and another by Jose Carlos Enriquez in injury time broke open a 2-2 match, extending Santos' winning streak to seven to start the season. The win was its second straight victory away from home in the Champions League after going winless in its previous five.

Joe Public lost for the fourth time at home in six Champions League games, but its two goals in the first half were double what Santos had permitted in all of its previous six victories this season.

Cardenas gave Santos the lead three times, the last in the 66th when he streaked to just outside the area, stopped to create space from Joe Public's Jason Springer and strike a left-footer past diving goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel.

He added an insurance tally 10 minutes later, Springer and fellow defender Nigel Daniel to back head a ball past Samuel from the six.

With Joe Public pushing forward, Santos countered to tack on a final tally. Rodrigo Ruiz got clear behind the defense down the right and served a low roller into the path of Enriquez, who tapped it in from just outside the six.

Santos used a largely reserve lineup, utilizing only one starter and three substitutes in its first 11 from Saturday's 1-0 victory over Jaguares.

Joe Public, which was playing only its fourth game since July 9 due to its midseason TT Pro League break, scored only both of its shots on goal in the first half while Santos dominated possession and chances. It managed far more possession and chances in the second half, but only created a handful of dangerous moments.

Santos went ahead in the ninth minute when Oribe Peralta chested a cross into the area back toward the 18, where Cardenas struck a right-footed shot inside the left post.

Joe Public responded less than a minute and a half later on a seemingly innocuous shot. Markan Hislop was unchallenged 35 meters from goal when he launched an ambitious right-footed effort that skipped off the artificial surface twice before reaching the goal.

Santos goalkeeper Miguel Becerra, who was playing in only his third game this season - all in the Champions League, appeared to think the ball was going over the byline, and watched it skip past him just inside his right post.

Cardenas restored the lead in the 24th, receiving another ball from Peralta five meters outside the penalty area and taking two touches across the 18 before unleashing a left-footed strike that beat Samuel inside the near post.

Santos enjoyed the overwhelming amount of possession and chances in the first half, including having one goal disallowed for offside and hitting the post on one of Peralta's shots in the 28th.

But Joe Public equalized again a little over a minute before halftime on only their second shot of the first 45 minutes when Yu Hoshide hit Hayden Tinto's pass back just outside the area with a hard left foot that streaked past a diving Becerra inside the left post.

Santos will return home for the second round of the Group Stage next week against the Columbus Crew while Joe Public will travel to Guatemala to face Municipal.

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