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Arsenal win in Venezuela to qualify for Libertadores last-16

Arsenal de Sarandi tonight triumphed 3-1 away to Anzoategui to secure their passage into the knock-out stages of the Copa Libertadores, the first time that the club has achieved such a distinction in their history.

The Argentines took the lead after 35 minutes thanks to Matías Sánchez's opener, but were pegged back after half-time when Rolando Escobar found the net for the Venezuelan hosts. Only a win would be sufficient for Arsenal to ensure their path to the last-16 with one game to spare, but Martín Rolle soon put his team back into the ascendancy.

The ex-Olimpo playmaker was on hand when Ramiro Carrera's cross came in from the left, and converted with a well-taken shot that beat Edixon Gonzáles in the Anzoategui net. The home team pushed hard, but could not find an equaliser and in the final minutes, Arsenal made qualification safe.

Midfielder Matías Zaldivia pushed home from close range to seal a 3-1 victory, which leaves the Arse on nine points and second in Group 8 behind already-qualified Santos.

With just one game to play, the club's five-point cushion over Peñarol means that a place in the knock-outs is assured, a relief for Gustavo Alfaro's men after last week's defeat against the Uruguayans had put their Libertadores future in doubt.

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