Palestino keeps qualification hopes alive

Diego Chaves celebrates after scoring one of his two second-half goals for Palestino (Getty Images) Source: AFP

A rampant second half inspired Palestino to a 4-0 victory over Zamora as the Chilean outfit boosted its slim hopes of advancing from Group Five in the Copa Libertadores.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, Palestino piled on four unanswered goals, with striker Diego Chaves netting a brace at Estadio Santa Laura-Universidad SEK in Santiago.

Palestino is second in Group Five after five matches, level on seven points with Wanderers, which plays leader Boca Juniors later this week.

Zamora remains bottom of the group, still searching for its first point of the campaign.

Neither side could break the deadlock in the first half, but it only took Palestino one minute after half-time to hit the front courtesy of Chaves, who headed the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Edward Ibarbo.

Substitute Leonardo Valencia doubled the home side's lead in the 68th minute, dispossessing his opponent inside the penalty area and curling the ball into the corner of the net.

A swift counter-attacking move saw Chaves net his second of the match five minutes from time after Valencia squared the ball for Chaves to poke into an empty net.

Mathias Vidangossy completed the scoring against the Venezuelan side three minutes later with a powerful strike from long range.

Guarani was too strong for Group Eight pacesetter Racing Club, winning 2-0.

Second-half goals from Federico Santander and Marcelo Palau inspired the Paraguayan host at Estadio Defensores del Chaco.

The result reduced Racing's lead atop the table, with the Argentine outfit just a point clear of Guarani heading into the final matchday.

Elsewhere, Group One leader Colo Colo accounted for lowly Atlas 3-1 thanks to Esteban Paredes's two-goal haul.

San Jose and Juan Aurich played out a 1-1 draw in Group Six.

Source Omnisport