Vasco, Sao Paulo, Arsenal advance to quarters


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Brazilian clubs Vasco and Sao Paulo joined Arsenal of Argentina in the Copa Sudamericana quarterfinals after winning their second round playoffs Wednesday. Leandro Amaral scored a pair of goals — the second with just 10 seconds remaining — and set up a third to give Vasco a thrilling 3-0 victory over Argentina’s Lanus and a quarterfinals berth. Arsenal scored a first-half goal and drew 1-1 with Brazilian club Goias to win its home-and-away series 4-3 on aggregate, while Sao Paulo beat Argentina’s Boca Juniors 1-0 for a 2-2 aggregate, but advanced by virtue of having more away goals. In the only second round first leg match, American team D.C. United downed CD Guadalajara of Mexico 2-1. Vasco, which lost the first game of the home-and-away series 2-0 in Argentina, needed to win by at least two goals Wednesday and came out buzzing the Argentine net. The pressure paid off after 29 minutes, when Lanus goalkeeper Carlos Bossio made an excellent reflex save on a header by Amaral, but Leandro Amaral collected the rebound and fired it home for a 1-0 lead. Vasco found the net again in the 74th minute, on a give-and-go from Wagner Diniz to Leandro Amaral. Diniz collected the return pass in full stride and fired under a diving Bossio to make it 2-0. The score left the teams tied at an aggregate score of 2-2 for the series and facing a penalty shootout to decide the quarterfinalist.

But in the final minute, Guilherme lofted a cross from the left side, Alan Kardec headed the ball to Amaral at the far post, and the striker tapped the ball under Bossio for the deciding goal. Alejandro Gomez put Arsenal ahead in the 37th minute at Buenos Aires before Harison equalized with off a left-footer for Goias seven minutes later, but it was not enough to prevent the Argentinians from advancing to a quarterfinals. Arsenal entered the match with the advantage after last week’s 3-2 victory in Brazil. Sao Paulo, which lost the opening game of the series 2-1 in Argentina on two goals by Martin Palermo, ended the home-and-away series tied 2-2. But the Brazilians advance because they scored an away goal — a tie-break criterion in the tournament. At Washington, Ben Olsen and Clyde Simms each scored to give D.C. United the win over CD Guadalajara. Simms scored the game-winner for United, which played a man down after Marc Burch received his second yellow card in the 44th minute. Simms gathered the rebound off Guadalajara’s defensive wall after Christian Gomez’s direct kick and sent a low ball to the left side of the goal, putting United ahead 2-0 in the 55th minute. D.C. United opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Olsen collected a missed cross to Jaime Moreno and scored from the right side. The two-game series will end Tuesday in Guadalajara.