Internacional win the Libertadores

Brazilian club Internacional celebrated winning the Copa Libertadores (the South American equivalent to UEFA Champions League) after beating Javier Hernandez’s former club Chivas Guadalajara 3-2 (Agg:5-3) in the Final.

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You can watch highlights of the match here – http://bit.ly/ankJCU

Inter’s second Libertadores title came last night at their home ground Beira-Rio. Inter took a 2-1 lead into the second leg after defeating Chivas at their home. Omnilife stadium last week. Inter cheered on by their fans started as the better side, but the home crowd was silenced at the 43rd minute when Chivas striker Marco Fabian de la Mora scored an amazing goal with a bicycle kick which equalised the scores on aggregate. A 2-2 aggregate score would have taken the final to extra time, but the hosts drew level 1-1 on the night after 61 minutes when an unmarked Rafael Sobis received the ball from Kleber and beat Luis Michel. Inter moved a step closer to the title in the 76th minute when Leandro added a second after winning the ball in midfield and shaking off the attention of the defenders to score. 10 minutes later Chivas’s comeback was made almost impossible with the sending off of their player Omar Arellano for a poor tackle on Andres D’Alessandro. Internacional got another goal a few minutes after this incident when Guilano scored. Guadalajara did get a goal late in injury time, but surely it was too little too late. Internacional had sealed the win and the title of Copa Libertadores Champions.

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The match ended in ugly scenes as players from both sides were involved in a brawl before security staff stepped in to separate them.

Inter’s success means they will play in the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi in December as the CONMEBOL representative, while Guadalajara failed to become the first Mexican team to win the championship.


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