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Argentine league champions Estudiantes humbled 5-0 by Cruzerio

Two goals from Wallyson and Walter Montillo set up the revenge after having lost the 2009 Libertadores final.

SETE LAGOAS // Wallyson and Walter Montillo scored two goals each as Brazilian club Cruzeiro humbled Argentine league champion Estudiantes 5-0 Wednesday in a Group Seven match of the Copa Libertadores group stage.

Wallyson put Cruzeiro ahead in the first minute and scored again in the 83rd, while strikes from Roger in the 18th and Montillo in the 39th and 59th gave the Brazilian club some revenge after losing the 2009 Libertadores final to Estudiantes.

Also Wednesday, defending champion Internacional of Brazil was held 1-1 by Ecuador's Emelec.

Wallyson's speculative shot cannoned off Estudiantes defender German Re and over goalkeeper Agustin Orion to put Cruzeiro ahead inside the first minute.

Argentine forward Montillo threaded a pass for Roger to add the second in the 18th and the two players combined again as Montillo added the third himself with a low shot.

Montillo capped a fine display with a rising strike for Cruzeiro's fourth goal and Wallyson sealed the resounding win with a finish following Thiago Ribeiro's center.

Cruzeiro's stadium in Belo Horizonte is being refitted for the 2014 World Cup, so the match was played in the nearby city of Sete Lagoas.


In other group games, it was: Once Caldas 0, San Martin 3; Union Espanola 2, Universidad Catolica 2; and Chiapas 2, Wilstermann 0.

The Copa Libertadores is the top club competition in Latin America.

Group play started in earnest on Tuesday, with the 32 clubs still in the competition split into eight groups of four. After home and away fixtures, the top two teams in each group qualify for the last 16 knockout round.

The final of the competition is scheduled for June, with the winner earning a place in the Club World Cup to compete against the other continental champions at the end of the year.