Vasco da Gama reach last 16 of Copa do Brasil
Vasco da Gama made their way into the last 16 of the Copa do Brasil without the need of a second leg with a 3-0 win over Central from Cararu.
Rodrigo Pimpao bagged a brace while Alan Kardec added another for Dorival Junior's side to advance automatically due to the Copa do Brasil rule which states that a win by two goals or more in the first and second round first legs automatically books the winning team a spot in the next round without a second leg.
"This was a very good result to recover from the elimination in the Rio de Janeiro state tournament," said Vasco's midfielder Enrico.
In the next stage, Vasco will face Confianca or Icasa, who drew 0-0 the first leg played in Fortaleza.
Another big side to advance to the next round without playing a second leg were Corinthians, who defeated Misto 2-0 in Tres Lagoas.
A penalty by Chicao and Andre Santos' volley was enought to assure the Timao's presence in the next round. Misto ended the match with 10 men as Vinicius saw red shortly after the break.
Vitoria also secured their place in the last 16 as they drew 1-1 at home with Juventude to complete a 3-2 aggregate win in the tie.
Leo Dias put the visitors ahead in the first half but Neto Baiano equalised on the hour mark.
Coritiba drew 0-0 against Bahia at home but they advanced on away goals thanks to a 2-2 result in the first match played in Salvador.
Atletico Mineiro rescued a 2-2 draw in their visit at Guaratingueta and will need only a goalless draw in the second leg at home to progress in competition.
Nene and Guaru netted the goals for the hosts, while Diego Tardelli scored twice for the Belo Horizonte-based team, who had their keeper Junhino sent off.
Criciuma and Nautico also drew 2-2. Zulu and Kempes scored for Criciuma while Gimar scored a brace for Nautico.
And finally Fortaleza defeated Parana 2-1 at home thanks to goals from Marcelo Nicacio and Guto. Danielzinho reduced the deficit in the second period.