Velez takes commanding lead with 1-0 victory


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Juan Manuel Martinez scored in the 89th minute to lift Argentine club Velez Sarsfield to a 1-0 victory over Deportivo Quito on Thursday in a Group 7 match of the Copa Libertadores.

The victory gives Velez a commanding lead in Group 7 with nine points in four matches. Ecuador's Deportivo Quito has four from four matches. Mexican club Chivas has four points in three matches and Defensor Sporting of Uruguay has three from three.

In late matches, defending champion Santos faced Juan Aurich of Peru in Group 1, and Atletico Nacional of Colombia played Godoy Cruz of Argentina in Group 8.

Velez dominated the match, but failed to finish with Federico Insua and Augusto Fernandez going close throughout the game in the Argentine captial.