Thursday, 19 August 2010

Copa Libertadores Final 2nd Leg

SC Internacional 3-2 CD Guadalajara
SC Internacional wins 6-0 on points

Internacional claimed their first title since 2006 as the Copa Santander Libertadores returned to Brazil for the first time since that last triumph of Internacional.

After a 2-1 victory in Mexico last week the Porto Alegre based side needed to avoid defeat in order to collect their second triumph in the competition. After resting most of their starters in their Série A defeat at Fluminense at the weekend Inter were stunned when Marco Fabian stunned the Beira-Rio by putting Guadalajara ahead two minutes before the break. It levelled the tie on aggregate and with away goals not counting in the final it was all level on aggregate.

Inter were now suddenly under pressure as the fans in the stadium began to worry, but they levelled on the hour when Rafael Sorbis levelled to edge them ahead again on aggregate. The Beira-Rio though began to believe when Leandro Damião put Inter ahead with fourteen minutes to go. Guadalajara then had Omar Arellano sent off four minutes from time and the party began when substitute Guiliano gave Inter a three goal gap in the last minute. Omar Bravo claimed a consolation goal for Guadalajara in injury time but Inter were not to be denied.

So, congratulations to Internacional who claim their second Copa Libertadores. This also means they will represent CONMEBOL at the FIFA World Club Championships in the United Arab Emirates in December and contest next years edition of the Recopa Sudamericana and get the chance to defend this title.

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