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02/25/2014
 
Cruzeiro bounced back in a big way after defeating Universidad de Chile 5-1 on Tuesday.  The crowd at the Estadio Minerão in Belo Horizonte as they looked for A Raposa to turn their early Copa Libertadores fortunes around after their loss to Real Garcilaso in the altitude of Huancayo. 

Cruzeiro's nucleus from last year's title-winning side once again came to the fray as Ricardo Goulart and Éverton Ribeiro were very key, but it was the injury suffered by U de Chile Pepe Rojas exposed the defense and that would lead to the Cruzeiro's first goal of the match in the the 34th minute.  A ball into the area that Goulart found in a space that could not be covered by the injured Rojas, and Goulart put the home side ahead and they never looked back.  

Goulart would score again five minutes later and things would get iced in the final minutes of the first half when a cross from the right would be chested into the back of the net by Dagoberto to make it 3-0.  

La U would make it 3-1 with a great strike by Gustavo Lorenzetti but by then the match was already in hand.  Still Cruzeiro did not back down as they would make it 4-1 with Goulart's third of the match.  With that finish he would become the tournament's leading goalscorer and also would make history in the process.  Goulart was the first player to earn a hat-trick against Universidad de Chile in Copa Libertadores play since Pelé did back in 1965.  

Cruzeiro would then tack on a third in the 90th after Willian left a defender behind and would beat Johnny Herrera to make it 5-1.  

With this result, the Brazilian champs end up in first place on goal differential and are will focus solely on the Mineiro tournament before facing Defensor Sporting on March 11th at the Estadio Franzini in Montevideo.  Universidad de Chile will face fellow Copa Lib competitor Unión Española in the 9th round of Chilean league action.  
 
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