Santos beats Juan Aurich in Copa Libertadores


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Defending champion Santos came from behind to defeat Juan Aurich 3-1 on Thursday, joining Internacional and The Strongest atop Group 1 in the Copa Libertadores.

All three teams have six points from three matches, but Brazil's Internacional is ahead on goal difference, followed by Santos and The Strongest of Bolivia.

Juan Aurich has yet to win a match.

The Peruvians went ahead with a goal by Panamanian striker Luis Carlos Tejada in the 15th minute in Chiclayo, but Santos rallied with goals by Jorge Fucile in the 36th, Paulo Henrique Ganso in the 40th and Borges in the 69th.

Juan Aurich played a man down from the 58th minute after defender Luis Guadalupe was sent off for a hard foul on Santos midfielder Arouca. Guadalupe had received his first yellow card just three minutes earlier.

Tejada opened the scoring by turning around a defender after a cross inside the area and striking with a right-footer from near the penalty spot.

Santos equalized with a close-range goal by Uruguay defender Fucile, and Ganso scored the go-ahead goal with a free kick, curling a left-footed shot around the wall.

Striker Borges closed the scoring in the second half, firing a low left-footed shot into the far post after receiving a perfect pass from Ganso.

Neymar nearly added another, but his shot struck the crossbar from inside the area in the 87th.

"What mattered today was to get the three points," Neymar said.