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