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Keeper Ceni takes Sao Paulo through
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 12 (Reuters) - Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni led Sao Paulo into the quarter-finals of the Libertadores Cup on Wednesday, saving two penalties and converting one himself as the Brazilians beat Argentina's Rosario Central in a shootout.
Defending champions Boca Juniors also progressed, overcoming Peruvians Sporting Cristal 2-1 in Buenos Aires to complete a 5-3 aggregate win.
Rogerio made two crucial second half saves as he helped Sao Paulo to a 2-1 home win in Wednesday's second leg, leaving the aggregate score at 2-2 in the second round tie.
He then saved twice and was successful from the spot as Sao Paulo won the shootout 5-4.
Away goals and extra time are not used in the competition.
Central stunned the Morumbi stadium when German Herrera put them ahead with a breakaway goal in the sixth minute, running from the halfway line before slotting the ball past Rogerio.
Sao Paulo, twice champions in the early 1990s, were awarded a controversial penalty in the 25th minute but Central goalkeeper Julio Gaona saved Luis Fabiano's kick and then blocked the rebound.
The Brazilians finally equalised in first-half injury time when Grafite headed home from close range following a free kick.
Rogerio saved the day after halftime as he defied Herrera and Gonzalo Belloso on the break before Grafite scrambled home a rebound in the 76th minute after Gaona failed to hold Luis Fabiano's shot.
Central converted their first four penalties while Cicinho missed Sao Paulo's second effort in the shootout before Rogerio sprang into action.
Boca, Libertadores champions three times in the last four years, stayed on course for another title when midfielder Javier Villareal opened the scoring in Buenos Aires just as the visitors had begun to look threatening.
Villareal scored from close range at the near post after Carlos Tevez ran to the byline and cut the ball back.
Tevez himself added the second in the 63rd minute, winning a midfielder tussle and breaking away to slip the ball into the far corner shortly after Cristal's Luis Bonnet had missed an easy chance to equalise.
Robert Lima headed Cristal's consolation three minutes later, the first goal Boca have conceeded at home in the competition.
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