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

Corinthians 2-0 Boca Juniors (Agg. 3-1): Emerson double hands the Sao Paulo club first ever Copa Libertadores title

The 33-year-old struck twice after the break, ending the Buenos Aires side's hopes of securing the continental crown for the seventh time

By Tom Beck

Emerson’s two goals after half time were enough for Corinthians to see off Boca Juniors 2-0 at the Pacaembu and deservedly claim their first ever Copa Libertadores title at home.

Despite looking more threatening, the Sao Paulo side went into the break tied with their Buenos Aires counterparts. However, following the break, the 33-year-old struck twice to win the game for the Timao.

The former Fluminese man scored a well-taken half volley after a wonderful assist from Danilo, before coolly slotting under substitute goalkeeper, Sebastian Sosa, after collecting a misplaced Rolando Schiavi pass.

The first half began as a cagey affair, with neither side wanting to make the first mistake. Following a good spell of pressure from Corinthians in the middle of the half, Boca Juniors looked nervy and struggled to maintain possession as Corinthians pressed high up the field.

On the half hour mark, the visitors suffered a blow to their chances as Agustin Orion’s knee injury forced Julio Falcioni to replace his regular number one with reserve goalkeeper Sebastian Sosa.

Following the half time interval, Corinthians continued to press, as Emerson and Paulinho began to influence the game and create openings. Just 20 seconds into the second half, Emerson tested Sosa from the right wing as he played a dangerous ball into the 6-yard box, bringing a good save from the substitute stopper.

However, he did not have to wait long to finally break the deadlock. In the 54th minute, Alex’s freekick from the right flank was flicked-on inside the box by Jorge Henrique towards Danilo, who skillfully back-heeled the bouncing ball to Emerson, who took the pass in his stride and struck past Sosa on the half volley to score the ever-important opener.

With less than 20 minutes to play, Emerson doubled Corinthians’ advantage. The Qatar international capitalised on Rolando Schiavi’s horrible mistake, collecting his loose pass across the pitch before running one-on-one with Sebastian Sosa and slotting the ball into the far corner to score his 5th goal of the tournament and confirm victory for the Brazilians.

Corinthians have now qualified for the Club World Club, which will take place in December in Japan.


Corinthians

12
Cássio
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
Alessandro
Defender
4.00
3
Chicão
Defender
5′
3.50
5
Leandro Castán
Defender
71′
3.50
6
Fábio Santos
Defender
3.50
5
Ralf
Midfielder
4.00
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
4.00
10
Alex
Midfielder
89′
3.50
20
Danilo
Midfielder
54′
3.50
-
3.00

Boca Juniors

2.50
1
2.50
-
2.00
2
Franco Sosa
Defender
2.50
-
2.00
-
2.50
10
2.00
-
W. Erviti
Midfielder
2.00
8
Pablo Ledesma
Midfielder
66′
2.50
15
Leandro Somoza
Midfielder
2.00
-
2.00
9

Substitutes

1
Julio César
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
Marquinhos
Defender
 - 
31
 - 
14
Wallace
Defender
92′
 - 
10
Douglas
Midfielder
89′
 - 
31
Liedson
Striker
91′
 - 
31
Romarinho
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

2.00
13
 - 
26
 - 
28
 - 
26
Diego Rivero
Midfielder
 - 
17
Cristian Erbes
Midfielder
 - 
12
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

-
Tite
Coach
 - 

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
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