Internacional makes Copa Libertadores final

Brazilian club Internacional reached the final of Latin

America’s top club competition despite losing 2-1 at Sao Paulo in

the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores on Thursday.

Alecsandro equalized for Inter in the 52nd minute after Alex

Silva had given Sao Paulo a 31st minute lead. Ricardo Oliveira put

Sao Paulo back in front in the 54th, but Internacional progressed

on away goals after a 1-0 win in the first leg.

Internacional will play Mexican club Guadalajara in the


The win also guarantees Internacional a place in the Club World

Cup to be played in December against the other continental

champions. Mexican clubs are part of the north and central American

confederation and cannot represent South America in the Club World


Sao Paulo, aiming to overturn the one-goal deficit from the

first leg, dominated the early exchanges in front of more than

60,000 fans at the Morumbi stadium.

Hernanes had the first opportunity, dragging a long-range shot

wide of the post in the 16th minute.

Internacional responded with a low shot from Taison from outside

the area that forced a diving save from Sao Paulo goalkeeper

Rogerio Ceni in the 23rd minute.

Silva almost connected with a free kick from Hernanes to the

back post a minute later, before Sao Paulo opened the scoring from

another set piece.

Hernanes floated a deep free kick into the box which goalkeeper

Renan fumbled under no pressure, allowing Silva to head over the

line from a tight angle.

Inter drew level when Alecsandro diverted Andres D’Alessandro’s

free kick into the net with his heel in the second half for a

crucial away goal.

Oliveira collected a pass in the box and turned to beat Renan

with a low shot two minutes later, but the away goal meant Sao

Paulo still needed to score again to make the final.

Tinga had a chance to secure it for Inter, but his shot from six

yards (meters) was blocked by Jean in the 64th minute.

Hernanes and Marlos both shot just over the crossbar in the

final 15 minutes, but Inter held on for the aggregate win despite

midfielder Tinga receiving a red card in the 79th minute.

Lineups: Sao Paulo: Rogerio Ceni, Cleber Santana (Marlos 72),

Miranda, Alex Silva, Junior Cesar, Rodrigo Souto (Marcelinho 87),

Jean, Hernanes, Fernandao, Dagoberto (Fernando 80), Ricardo


Internacional: Renan, Nei, Bolivar, Indio, Kleber, Sandro, Pablo

Guinazu, Andres D’Alessandro (Giuliano 78), Tinga, Taison (Wilson

Mathias 89), Alecsandro.