Atletico Mineiro Lift Copa Libertadores


Atletico Mineiro have won their first Copa Libertadores after a 2-0 win at the Maracanã  in the second leg of the final, beating their hosts Flamengo 4-2 on aggregate.

The betting was with the home side after Flamengo snatched a late equaliser in Belo Horizonte in the first leg, but in a tense game of few chances, visiting captain Réver stunned the crowd when he powered home a bullet header eight minutes after the break to give Mineiro the lead.

Mineiro knew they were an equaliser away from heartbreak, but continued to press their opponents. With Flamengo throwing everything forwards in the dying minutes, they were caught on the break by Ari only to be felled in the box by Cléber Santana, who was fortunate to see yellow rather than red.

Regardless, Cícero stepped-up and sent Reinaldo the wrong way from the spot in the fourth minute of added time, and celebrations began for Atletico Mineiro, extending the winning run of Brazilian clubs in the competition to five successive years.

The clubs are set to meet for the fourth time so far this season in six days time, with a place in the last eight of the Copa do Brasil at stake.

Mineiro took the long route to the title, having progressed to glory from the Preliminary Round, before finishing behind 2012 winners Corinthians in the Group StageDuván Zapata won the tournament’s Golden Boot award, with thirteen goals for Argentinian side Estudiantes in their ten matches.