Soccer  > General Soccer  > Santos reaches quarterfinals with 6-1 win
October 20, 2010, 11:28 AM
TORREON, Mexico - Daniel Ludena scored one goal and set up another within seven minutes of each other, sparking Santos to a 6-1 victory over Municipal on Tuesday that clinched its place in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Santos became the fourth team and third Mexican side to secure a place in the final eight, and also assured the Columbus Crew of returning to the knockout round.

The result finished Santos atop Group B and gives it the second leg at home in the quarterfinals. Columbus will take second regardless of the outcome of its game on Thursday against already eliminated Joe Public.

Ludena sent Oribe Peralta in on goal in the 20th and then converted a 28-meter free kick in the 27th to give Santos a 2-0 lead and send it toward its 10th straight victory at home in the Champions League. Ludena added a second goal in the 87th to complete the rout.

Santos had all of the possession early and finally broke through when Ludena rolled a ball into the area for Peralta, who struck it left-footed first time from 12 meters to beat Municipal keeper Jaime Penedo high inside the left post.

The goal ended a 247-minute goalless streak for Santos, which extended its unbeaten run at home to 14 - including 12 victories, dating back to April.

Municipal finally managed to test Santos keeper Oswaldo Sanchez in the 25th when Mario Rodriguez unleashed a left-footed blast from just outside the area that the Mexican international had to go low to block.

But Ludena's right-footed free kick that curled over the wall and just inside the right post delighted the crowd and gave Santos a comfortable advantage.

Municipal still struggled for possession, particularly in the offensive third, but pulled within a goal in the 39th when Juan Jose Castillo ran onto Sergio Guevara's chipped ball over the defense into the area, settled, turned inside Ivan Estrada and curled a right-footed shot from the edge of the six-yard box into the opposite side netting.

Santos, which made five changes from its starting lineup on Saturday in a 3-0 loss to Cruz Azul, restored its two-goal advantage a minute later when Rodrigo "Pony" Ruiz ran onto a rebound from a shot by Felipe Baloy that Penedo was not able to hold and easily scored from the edge of the six.

Peralta added his second of the game and third of the tournament in the 51st, running onto a through ball in the area, turning inside sliding defender Yony Flores and beating Penedo from the corner of the six.

Carlos Darwin Quintero added another in the 81st, scoring his third of the tournament and seventh in his Champions League career, and Ludena tacked on the finale with another free kick from just outside the arc in the 87th.

Municipal, which leads the Guatemalan Apertura by four points, lost Peneda in the 49th minute due to a right knee injury which forced him to be driven off the field on a motorized cart.

Thirty-nine-year-old forward Juan Carlos Plata, who was honored with a farewell match by the Guatemalan nation team on October 8, made his first appearance in this year's Champions League in the 68th minute, replacing Jaime Vides. He played in four games in the inaugural Champions League in 2008 with Municipal, scoring two goals.

Municipal entered the game with eight points, two behind Santos, one behind Columbus and needing a victory to advance. It had won only two of six previous games in the Champions League away from home.

Santos and Columbus advanced to the quarterfinals to join Monterrey, Cruz Azul and Real Salt Lake.


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