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Injury-time header from Rafael awards victory for Fluminense

2012-04-19 06:15:48 GMT2012-04-19 14:15:48(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 19 (Xinhua) -- An injury-time header from Rafael Moura earned Fluminense a dramatic 2-1 Copa Libertadores victory over Argentina's Arsenal in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

The result means the Brazilian club has the luxury of playing each of its knockout phase matches at home due to being the top-ranked team after the group stage.

Carlinhos scored the opener for the visitors on 34 minutes before Nicolas Aguirre equalized nine minutes from time.

Fluminense appeared to have wasted its chance to win when Thiago Neves's 90th minute penalty was saved by midfielder Diego Torres, who was in goal after the expulsion of Carlos Campestrini.

But Moura sealed the result two minutes into added time when he connected with Manuel Lanzini's cross to score only his second goal of the season.

"I've worked my socks off to be here today and pay back the club and fans for everything they have done for me," Moura said.

Fluminense's Brazilian rivals Corinthians finished the group phase with a 6-0 victory over Venezuela's Deportivo Tachira at the Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo.

Danilo and Paulinho scored first half goals before Jorge Henrique, Emerson, Liedson and Douglas completed the rout.


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