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MEXICO CITY, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Chilean Reinaldo Navia struck twice as America beat 10-man Atlas 2-1 in the second leg of their playoff to secure Mexico's second berth in the Libertadores Cup starting next week.

America won 4-2 on aggregate after last week's 2-1 win over Atlas in Mexico City and go into Group One with three times winners Penarol of Uruguay, 2002 finalists Sao Caetano of Brazil and Bolivia's The Strongest.

Navia equalised in the 65th minute for Dutchman Leo Beenhakker's side after Uruguayan Carlos Morales had put the home team ahead in the eighth at the Jalisco stadium in Guadalajara on Wednesday night.

Atlas had midfielder Juan Carlos Medina sent off 19 minutes from time for a second bookable offence and Navia blasted home the winner two minutes later. America start their campaign at home to Penarol on February 11.

Santos Laguna had already taken Mexico's first place in the Libertadores Cup, Latin America's equivalent of the European Champions League.

Santos Laguna are in Group Three with Cruzeiro of Brazil, Chile's Universidad de Concepcion and Caracas FC of Venezuela and play in one of three matches on the opening day of the 2004 tournament next Tuesday at home to Concepcion.

Holders Boca Juniors of Argentina begin their defence of the title at an altitude of 3,600 metres in La Paz away to Bolivia's Bolivar in Group Eight on February 18.

28.01.2004: Guadalajara, Jalisco MEXICO; Estadio Jalisco (A: 65000)
ATLAS CF – CLUB AMÉRICA 1:2 (1:0)
Carlos María MORALES 9’ – Reinaldo NAVIA 64’; 73’
Atlas CF: Antonio Pérez – Juan Manuel García (77: Daniel Herrera), Omar Blanco, Fernando Salazar, Gerardo Torres (66: Julio César Pinheiro), Manuel Pérez, Juan Carlos Medina, Almir de Souza, Robert Da Pinho (77: Carlos Balcazar), Carlos María Morales, Rodrigo Valenzuela.
Club América: Adolfo Ríos – Raúl Salinas, Alvaro Ortíz, Ricardo Rojas, Jesús Mendoza, Pável Pardo, Germán Villa, Frankie Oviedo, Hugo Castillo (82: Duilio Davino), Reinaldo Navia, Cuauhtémoc Blanco.
R: Gilberto ALCALÁ
Club América wins 4:2 on aggregate
 
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