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|Copa Libertadores special: Corinthians lift trophy for the first time|
In a memorable day for its famous supporters including Brazilian sporting legends Sócrates and Ayrton Senna, Corinthians lifted the prestigious Copa Libertadores trophy for the first time today.
Brazil's second most popular club, finished off Boca Juniors with a 2-0 win in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final to a 3-1 aggregate score. Brazilian-born, Qatari Emerson Sheik (pictured) scored both goals for Corinthians within 20 minutes of each other in the second half.
Corinthians - fondly nicknamed "Timão" made the home presence count at the Pacaembu stadium with a far more convincing display and tactical superiority.
The defeat not only prevented Boca Juniors from equalling Independiente's record seven Copa Libertadores titles, but it also kept them from surpassing Milan's 18 continental and worldwide trophies. In another twist after the final, midfielder Juan Román Riquelme he will quit Boca.
Though Corinthians have 26 Paulista state titles, five Brasileirão titles and one Club World Cup title (when they hosted the inaugural tournament in 2000), this was the first time they even reached the Libertadores final, let alone won the cup.
Today's Copa Libertadores triumph ensured the trophy stays in São Paulo after cross-city rivals Santos won last year. Corinthians ensures its qualification to the FIFA World Club Cup in Japan in December. The club was the only main Brazilian club not to have won the prestigious Latin American club continental tournament.