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Evening Ticker: Corinthians tops Sao Paulo in Copa Libertadores; Boca Juniors wins; and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

First blood in the Copa Libertadores Group 2 has been drawn by Corinthians.

The fourth-place finishers in Brazil dispatched local rivals Sao Paulo, 2-0 in their opening group game of South America’s premier international club competition. A goal in each half secured an early advantage in a tough group that also includes Argentine side San Lorenzo.

Midfielder Elias opened the scoring for Corinthians in just the 11th minute. He capped off an impressive passing move with a volley to put the hosts up 1-0. Sao Paulo may have possessed the ball more, but its opponents did more with it. Corinthians fired five shots on goal, and the direct route worked again in the second half.

Emerson Sheik stole the ball in midfield before playing Jadson through on a counter. The attacker shifted past Sao Paulo defender Reinaldo before firing in for Corinthians’ second.

Here is some more news and notes for your Saturday evening:

BOCA BEGINS LIBERTADORES CAMPAIGN WITH WIN

Boca Juniors opened its Copa Libertadores campaign in fine form.

The six-time club champions of South America disposed of Chilean team Club Deportivo Palestino, 2-0 in their opening group match. Boca is trying to return to its first Libertadores final since 2012.

Argentine forward Andres Chavez opened the scoring in the 37th minute. The Palestino center backs were drawn out before Chavez was played in behind with a through ball, and he dinked it past the goalkeeper.

Sebastian Palacios doubled the lead in similar style. He was played through down the right before resisting a challenge and firing it inside the far post in the 68th minute.

Montevideo Wanderers is the next opposition for Boca, while Palestino faces Venezuelan side Zamora FC in the second round of group games.

TERRY HOPEFUL FOR NEW CHELSEA DEAL

In the wake of a favorable Champions League result, Chelsea captain John Terry has reiterated his desire to stay at the club.

Terry said he is hopeful of signing a new one-year deal for the Blues as his current one runs out this summer. The 34-year-old understands his deal is not a priority but wants to sign the dotted line soon.

“There are more important players; Hazard’s one,” Terry told reporters. “The club know my position. Hopefully, I know theirs and it will get done. No talks have happened yet between myself and the club, but we both respect the position.”

Terry has made 34 appearances for Chelsea this season, scoring five goals in the process.

KROOS BLASTS SCHALKE PITCH CONDITIONS

Real Madrid may have cruised to a 2-0 win in the first leg of its UEFA Champions League round of 16 matchup with Schalke, but one player remained less than pleased.

German midfielder Toni Kroos said after the game that the Primera Division leaders struggled because the pitch at Schalke’s Veltins Arena was in a poor condition.

“It was difficult and that was partially down to the state of the pitch,” Kroos told reporters after the game. “It should not be an excuse, but the pitch was a catastrophe.”

Kroos dismissed suggestions of a crisis at Real following the 4-0 loss to fierce rivals Atletico Madrid, and he said there was never a concern over Cristiano Ronaldo failing to score in three games. Ronaldo opened the scoring against Schalke in the 26th minute.

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What do you think of this news? Impressed with Corinthians’ derby win? See Boca challenging for the Copa Libertadores title this season? Do you see Terry being offered a new deal?

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  1. Kroos, was the field only bad for your team ?
    I didn’t watch very closely last summer, but wasn’t he one of the guys whining during his All Star loss last year too ?

    “It shouldn’t be an excuse, but I am going to whine about it anyway…”

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