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Thu Apr 24 08:57:51 SAST 2014

Corinthians win first Libertadores Cup

Reuters | 05 July, 2012 10:230 Comments
Players of Brazil's Corinthians celebrate with the Copa Libertadores trophy at the podium after they beat Argentina's Boca Juniors in the second leg of the final to win the championship, in Sao Paulo, July 4, 2012
Image by: Nacho Doce / REUTERS

Forward Emerson scored two second-half goals to fire Corinthians to a 3-1 aggregate victory over Argentina’s Boca Juniors and secure their first South American Libertadores Cup at a packed Pacaembu stadium on Wednesday.

The Brazilian club’s 2-0 win in the second leg of the final followed the 1-1 draw in the first at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires last week.

Emerson struck nine minutes after halftime, receiving a back-heel assist from playmaker Danilo, after Boca’s defense failed to clear the ball in a free-kick crossed to the box.

The 33-year-old doubled the lead in the 73rd minute, finishing a quick movement from midfield after an errant pass from Boca defender Rolando Schiavi.

The new South American champions are now qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup in December in Japan, where they would be expected to face European champions Chelsea in the final.

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