Internacional Is Libertadores Cup Champion

By Dialogo
August 20, 2010

Internacional of Brazil was crowned Wednesday as the champion of soccer’s Liberators of America Cup with a 3-2 victory at home over Chivas of Guadalajara, Mexico, in the second match of a home-and-away series, at which a brief fight broke out as the local fans were celebrating the title.

Internacional, coached by Celso Roth, won with goals scored by the forwards Rafael Sobis, Leandro Damiao, and Giuliano at 61, 76, and 89 minutes of play, respectively.

Chivas scored first with a goal by midfielder Marco Fabián de la Mora at 42 minutes and then lessened Internacional’s lead with a goal by forward Omar Bravo at 92 minutes of play.

The duel was fought in front of around sixty thousand spectators in Beira-Rio Stadium in the city of Porto Alegre and was refereed by Colombian Oscar Ruiz.
The Brazilian team, which obtained its second tournament title, having been crowned as champion in 2006, had won the first match of the series 2-1 as the visiting team, so that it won the Cup with an aggregate score of 5-3.

In the concluding ceremony, world soccer star Pelé handed the trophy to the Porto Alegre team.

By making it to the final round, Inter qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup, which will be held in December in the United Arab Emirates, representing the South American Soccer Confederation (Conmebol). Chivas was not eligible to qualify for this cup, since it is an invited guest in the South American tournament.

Guadalajara was frustrated in the attempt to win its country’s first Liberators Cup title, following the 2001 defeat of Cruz Azul on the only other occasion a Mexican team has reached the final round.