San Lorenzo defeats Nacional to claim first Copa Liberatores title
BUENOS AIRES --
San Lorenzo of Argentina, Pope Francis' favorite team, defeated Paraguayan side Nacional 1-0 to win the Copa Libertadores title for the first time Wednesday.
Nestor Ortigoza converted a penalty in the 36th minute to give the club its first major international title in its 106-year history. The teams drew 1-1 last week in Paraguay.
San Lorenzo had been the only top-flite Argentine club yet to win Latin America's most important club competition.
The team made headlines around the world last year after Francis acknowledged that he is an avid supporter. The Vatican said earlier Wednesday that it was "a special day" for the pope because of the final.
The title secures San Lorenzo, a 12-time Argentine champion, a spot in FIFA's Club World Cup in December.