RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Ronaldinho scored a goal and set up another to help Brazil's Flamengo defeat Bolivia's Real Potosi 2-0 on Wednesday and reach the group stage of the Copa Libertadores 3-2 on aggregate.
Ronaldinho took the free kick that led to Leonardo Moura's header to open the scoring in the 39th minute at the Engenhao stadium, squaring the tie at 2-2 and putting Flamengo up on the away goals rule.
Then the two-time FIFA player of the year sealed the victory in second-half stoppage time, dribbling past a defender and finding the net from inside the area.
''We reached our initial goal which was to reach the next round,'' Ronaldinho told reporters.
Real Potosi had won the first leg 2-1 last week in Bolivia.
The Bolivians went a man down in the 78th after defender Claudio Centurion was sent off for a hard foul.
''We knew that if we played hard here it would be hard to lose this match and that's what happened,'' Moura said.
Flamengo will join Argentina's Lanus, Paraguay's Olimpia and Ecuador's Emelec in the Group 2 of the premier club competition in Latin America.
Flamengo got the win despite an internal crisis due to delayed salaries to some of its top players, including former Brazil star Ronaldinho. Some fans had been pressuring club directors to fire coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo, and local media reported that former South Africa coach Joel Santana was set to take over his spot.
Flamengo, Brazil's most popular club, won the Copa Libertadores in 1981 with a team led by former Brazil playmaker Zico.
Internacional, the Copa Libertadores champion in 2006 and 2010, reached the group stage with the 2-2 draw in Manizalez after it had won 1-0 at home last week in Porto Alegre.
Once Caldas, the champion in 2004, opened the scoring with a penalty converted by Paraguayan Jorge Daniel Nunez in the third minute, but Internacional took control with goals from Argentine playmaker Andres D'Alessandro in the 10th and midfielder Tinga in the 21st. Once Calda drew in the 24th with Mario Gonzalez.
''We deserved the victory,'' D'Alessandro said. ''We got behind early but we were able to recover.''
Inter will play in Group 1, along with defending champion Santos, Peru's Juan Aurich and Bolivia's The Strongest.