COPA LIBERTADORES: Final Report

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FINAL – SECOND LEG

ATLETICO MINEIRO 2-0 OLIMPIA

2-2 ON AGG

MINIERO WIN 4-3 ON PENS

Week 20 of the 2013 Copa Libertadores saw Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) win this year’s competition. They won 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out against Olimpia (Paraguay). Atletico Mineiro won 2-0 at home in the second leg of their final tie. Both teams went into the match having not played a match since last week’s first leg match in Paraguay.

The match got off to a lively start on ten minutes when an effort on target by Ronaldinho was saved by Martin Silva in the Olimpia goal. Six minutes later Freddy Bareiro had an effort on target that was saved by Victor in the Atletico Mineiro goal. Three minutes Bernard had a shot on target from outside the penalty box that was saved by Silva. On 34 minutes Alejandro Silva had an effort on target that was saved by Victor.

The second half saw Atletico Mineiro go 1-0 up on 47 minutes, through an effort inside the penalty area from Brazilian striker Jo. The goal that Jo scored was his first goal for Atletico Mineiro in the competition since scoring three goals in their 4-1 home win against Sao Paulo. The second half also saw Martin Silva having to make a number of saves to keep Olimpia in the tie. He saved an effort from Diego Tardelli in the 51st minute, Jo in the 55th minute, Junior Cesar in the 65th minute; and Leonardo Silva in the 71st minute.

Olimpia went down to ten men on 85 minutes, when Paraguayan defender Julio Manzur received his second yellow card of the match. Two minutes later Atletico Mineiro went 2-0 up, through a header inside the penalty area from Brazilian defender Leonardo Silva. It was his first goal for Atletico Mineiro in this year’s competition, and levelled the tie at 2-2.

In extra time both side had their chances to win the tie. Josue had an effort from outside the penalty area in the 101st minute that was saved by Martin Silva. Four minutes later Herminio Miranda had an effort from outside the penalty area that was saved by Victor.

In the penalty shoot-out Atletico Mineiro took an early advantage when Herminio Miranda missed his penalty for Olimpia. That allowed Atletico Mineiro to go 1-0 up through Alecsandro. Both teams scored their next three penalties each. Guilherme, Jo, and Leonardo Silva scored their penalties for Atletico Mineiro; while Salustiano Candia, Eduardo Aranda, and Juan Ferreyra scored theirs for Olimpia. Those six penalties made the score 4-3 to Atletico Mineiro.

The fourth penalty taker for Olimpia was Matias Gimenez, who saw his effort hit the bar. That miss not only meant that Atletico Mineiro won 4-3 in the penalty shoot-out, they also won the 2013 Copa Libertadores. Atletico Mineiro’s win in this year’s competition means that they are the tenth Brazilian club to have won the competition.

Atletico Mineiro

(4-2-3-1): Victor; Michel (Alecsandro), Leonardo Silva, Rever, Junior Cesar; Pierre (Rosinei), Josue; Diego Tardelli (Guilherme), Ronaldinho, Bernard; Jo.

Substitutes: Rosinei, Alecsandro, Guilherme, Leandro Donizete, Giovanni, Luan, Gilberto Silva.

Yellow cards (2): Bernard (22′), Luan (109′).

Olimpia

(5-3-2): M. Silva; R. Mazacotte, J. Manzur, H. Miranda, S. Candia, N. Benitez; W. Pittoni, E. Aranda, A. Silva (M. Gimenez); J. Salgueiro (Jorge Baez), F. Bareiro (J. Ferreyra).

Substitutes: J. Ferreyra, M. Gimenez, Jorge Baez, E. Meza, A. Castorino, C. Paredes, B. Hermosilla.

Yellow cards (7): N. Benitez (22′), J. Manzur (58′, 85′), J. Salgueiro (72′), M. Silva (84′), J. Ferreyra (88′), M. Gimenez (105′).

Red cards (1): J. Manzur (85′).

Referee: W. Roldan

Penalty shoot-out: H. Miranda (Missed), Alecsandro (1-0), J. Ferreyra (1-1), Guilherme (2-1), S. Candia (2-2), Jo (3-2), E. Aranda (3-3), Leonardo Silva (4-3), M. Gimenez (Missed).

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