Newell's beat The Strongest

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Newell's Old Boys defeated Bolivia's The Strongest 2-0 and advanced to the second round of the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday.

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Newell's Old Boys defeated Bolivia's The Strongest 2-0 and advanced to the second round of the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday. The win came on the back of goals by Ariel Zapata and Damian Steinert, and enabled Newell's to edge out Chile's Union Espanola on goal difference for the second of two berths from Group 3. Union Espanola was held to a 0-0 draw by group winner Goias of Brazil and was eliminated along with The Strongest. Taking lead Zapata put Newell's ahead in the seventh minute. He ran onto a cross that was cleared well outside the penalty area, and driving a shot from 35 meters just under the bar and over the outstretched arms of Strongest goalkeeper Ever Caballero. Steinert made it 2-0 in the 51st, sent in with a through ball by former international Ariel Ortega, dribbling around Cabballero to the right and scoring into an open net. Newell's becomes the 11th team to earn a place in the 16-team second round. Only the top two teams from each of the eight first-round groups advance. Early attack Newell's attacked from the beginning and was rewarded early on Zapata's strike. A couple of minutes earlier, a powerful shot by Newell's midfielder Claudio Husain hit the post. The Strongest's first chance to score came in the 30th, but Alejandro Mena's shot was deflected by Newell's keeper Justo Villar. Both teams wasted good chances to score in the second half. (AP)

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