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Souza strikes to secure victory for Vasco da Gama

2012-04-13 08:10:39 GMT2012-04-13 16:10:39(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 12 (Xinhua) -- A second-half strike from Diego Souza secured Vasco da Gama a 1-0 victory over Uruguay's Nacional in the Copa Libertadores on Thursday.

After a first half of few chances at the Parque Central stadium in Montevideo, Souza fired in a rebounded effort on 56 minutes after forcing a fine Jorge Brava save.

Former Inter Milan playmaker Alvaro Recoba almost equalized for the home side after entering as a 60th minute substitute.

The 36-year-old had barely been on the pitch five minutes when he weaved his way into the penalty area before his shot was kept out by Fernando Prass.

The result means Vasco finishes the group stage on 13 points, equal with Paraguay's Libertad but with an inferior goal difference.

After the match midfielder Fellipe Bastos said Vasco was content with second place in group 5.

"It doesn't really make any difference if we finish first or second," Bastos said.

"We can't choose our opponent. Whoever wins the tournament has to beat whoever is put in front of them."


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