Sao Paulo defeat Chivas 1-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Sao Paulo of Brazil scored a 1-0 victory over Mexico's Chivas of Guadalajara in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores.

Sao Paulo defeat Chivas 1-0

Guadalajara:

Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni scored an 84th minute penalty to give defending champion Sao Paulo of Brazil a 1-0 victory over Mexico's Chivas of Guadalajara in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores. The penalty came after a relentless onslaught from the visiting Brazilian team, who attacked hard from the start, forcing Chivas goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez to make two saves in the first six minutes. In the 18th minute, Sao Paulo's Ricardo Oliveira pushed the ball into the net with his arm. Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda initially allowed the goal, but then changed his decision after the linesman called him aside to report the handball. Chivas struggled to keep possession, allowing Sao Paulo to dominate the match. Ceni's penalty came after Aloisio dribbled the ball into the area and was brought down by Francisco Rodriguez, who pulled the Brazilian's shirt before falling to the floor taking the striker down with him. With the penalty, goalkeeper Ceni has scored 62 goals including 10 in the Copa Libertadores. The two sides will play the second leg in Sao Paulo next week. (AP)

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