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July 5, 2012 1:50 AM BST
Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho — São Paulo, São Paulo
Referee:‬ W. Roldán‎
 
   
 
 

Copa Libertadores Player Ratings: Corinthians 2-0 Boca Juniors (Agg 3-1)

Goal.com rates the players on show as an Emerson Sheik double sees the Sao Paulo giants win the tournament for the first time in their history with a hugely impressive display

By Tom Webber

  • Cássio
    10
    0
    3.00

    Cássio

    Hardly had a thing to do in the whole of the first half but when called upon midway through the second he produced a quality save to deny Caruzzo. A far more comfortable night than he would have expected.

  • Alessandro
    13
    0
    4.00

    Alessandro

    Captain for the night, he pushed forward from right-back regularly to create triangles with the central players. He was also immoveable defensively and completely closed out his side of the pitch.

  • Chicão
    9
    0
    3.50

    Chicão

    Picked up an early booking for needlessly making Mouche overly aware of his presence. Walked a tightrope for the rest of the game but was not intimidated by the physical Silva and helped keep him out of the match.

  • Leandro Castán
    18
    0
    3.50

    Leandro Castán

    Moved across to provide cover for Fabio Santos and double up to cancel out the pace of Mouche. Alongside Chicao they closed all the gaps in the channels and made it extremely difficult for the Argentines to find a way through.

  • Fábio Santos
    8
    0
    3.50

    Fábio Santos

    Marauded forward at will, occasionally drifting inside and looking to break through the defensive line. However, he did not allow himself to be caught out by Mouche in what was an impressive display.

  • Ralf
    11
    0
    4.00

    Ralf

    A typically strong performance from the defensive-midfielder. He tried to stick close to Riquelme and restrict his influence over the game and the Argentine's chances to craft anything dangerous were limited which signalled a good night's work.

  • Paulinho
    15
    0
    4.00

    Paulinho

    The heartbeat of this Corinthians side. He began the transition from defence to attack all night with driving runs to carry the ball up field. His passing let him down at times though.

  • Alex
    9
    0
    3.50

    Alex

    Drifted across the park and made himself regularly available to his team-mates. He struggled to find his shooting range during the first half. His delivery lead to the game's opening goal.

  • Danilo
    12
    0
    3.50

    Danilo

    Provided an outlet almost anywhere on the pitch but he did not get into the most dangerous areas. Many of his passes were either horizontal or backwards until an inspired flick put Emerson in to open the scoring.

  • Jorge Henrique
    10
    0
    3.00

    Jorge Henrique

    Put in a great cross early in the first half but Emerson failed to make the most of it. He frequently offered width on the right but his impact on the game was fairly minimal as he failed to make the most of the space behind Rodriguez.

Substitutions

  • Wallace
    6
    0

    Wallace

    Brought on in stoppage time as Tite wound down the clock.

  • Douglas
    6
    1

    Douglas

    Came on at the death and had no time to influence the game.

  • Liedson
    6
    0

    Liedson

    Replaced Jorge Henrique in the closing seconds.

  • Agustí­n Orión
    2
    5
    2.50

    Agustí­n Orión

    Made one shaky clearance but then picked up an injury and was forced to leave the field with just over 30 minutes played.

  • Clemente Rodrí­guez
    1
    3
    2.50

    Clemente Rodrí­guez

    Got caught out of position too often as he tried to add width higher up the pitch. He was fortunate that Jorge Henrique was unable to make any more of it but as he became more reserved, Corinthians controlled the middle.

  • Franco Sosa
    1
    3
    2.00

    Franco Sosa

    His passing in the first period was abysmal as he gave possession away far too cheaply. He improved in the second half and could have created a tap in after a one-two with Silva but his cross was blocked.

  • Matías Caruzzo
    1
    4
    2.50

    Matías Caruzzo

    Skinned by Emerson far to easily in the 16th minute but the striker was unable to make the most of the opportunity. He soon atoned with some excellent interceptions. Saw his 72nd minute header saved excellently by Cassio.

  • Rolando Schiavi
    3
    6
    2.00

    Rolando Schiavi Flop of the Match

    Very strong in the air and provided an immense physical presence on the deck too. The veteran defender made a number of underhand, dirty tackles and gave the ball straight to Emerson to tuck in the game's second goal.

  • Juan Román Riquelme
    9
    4
    2.50

    Juan Román Riquelme

    Tried to get on the ball as much as he could in the early stages but was tracked closely by Ralf. He did his best to thread a few passes up to Silva and Mouche but clear-cut chances remained elusive for his side.

  • W. Erviti
    1
    3
    2.00

    W. Erviti

    Contributed far too little to his team for a usually effective performer. He struggled to get near the ball and was somewhat anonymous in midfield throughout the 90 minutes.

  • Pablo Ledesma
    1
    3
    2.00

    Pablo Ledesma

    Kept the game moving when his side had possession but he did not support the strikers as Corinthians kept the visitors under large spates of pressure. Substituted 25 minutes before full time.

  • Leandro Somoza
    2
    3
    2.50

    Leandro Somoza

    Looked extremely competent in the early stages with a number of crisp passes as he always looked to probe forwards. However, he afforded Alex too much freedom in the middle of the park.

  • Pablo Mouche
    2
    2
    2.00

    Pablo Mouche

    Played the majority of the game further to the right wing as he tried to exploit space behind the full-back with his pace. It did not work and he failed to either forge, or get on the end of, any chances for his team.

  • Santiago Silva
    2
    5
    2.00

    Santiago Silva

    Struggled to get involved in the game throughout the first half and after a bright start to the second, he soon went quiet as Corinthians took the lead. A hugely disappointing display from the powerful striker.

Substitutions

  • Sebastián Sosa
    1
    3
    2.00

    Sebastián Sosa

    Earned a surprise appearance in his second consecutive Copa Libertadores final but he looked to be overwhelmed by the occasion. Failed to inspire confidence and failed to read Emerson's telegraphed second goal.

  • Darío Cvitanich
    1
    3

    Darío Cvitanich

    Played 25 minutes but failed to make an impact on the game.

  • Lucas Viatri
    2
    3

    Lucas Viatri

    Replaced Mouche in the final 10 minutes and failed to produce anything of note.

Results
 
Player Ratings
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Position
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Rank/Player Position Team Rating
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Julio Dos Santos Julio Dos Santos
Midfielder
Cerro Porteño
5 3
J. Sornoza J. Sornoza
Midfielder
Independiente del Valle
4 3
Gustavo Javier Canales Gustavo Javier Canales
Striker
Unión Española
4 2
Mauro Boselli Mauro Boselli
Striker
Leon
4 1
Luis Miguel Escalada Luis Miguel Escalada
Striker
Emelec
4 0