Vasco da Gama advance in Copa Libertadores

La Paz, Feb 22 (IANS) Brazil’s Vasco da Gama defeated Bolivia’s Jorge Wilstermann 4-0 to advance to Group 5 of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club football competition.

Vasco da Gama’s win on Wednesday night tied the teams in the third phase of the series, forcing a tie-breaker on penalty kicks that turned the Brazilian club’s goalkeeper, Martin Silva, into a hero for his spectacular play, reports Efe.

Silva stopped three shots by Wilstermann at point-blank range, helping his team advance.

Wilstermann took an early lead but was unable to pull off an upset over Vasco da Gama.

Coach Ze Ricardo’s Vasco da Gama squad joins Brazil’s Cruzeiro, Chile’s Universidad and Argentina’s Racing Club in Group 5 of the Copa Libertadores.

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