Yesterday the Brazilian team qualified to its first final in the Copa Libertadores, after winning in a dramatic penalty shoot 3 to 2 to Newell’s Old Boys of Argentina, at the stadium Arena Independencia in Belo Horizonte, after winning 2-0 at the time regulatory and tie the series even after having lost by the same score in the first round.
Its opponent in the finals, Olimpia, had lost 1-0 in Bogota against Independiente Santa Fe on Tuesday and classified in their local stadium Assumption in which they won 2-0.
In Mineiro, Ronaldinho scored for his team’s final with penalty that the goalie Victor stopped the latest shot, to Maxi Rodriguez, which aroused the Brazilian party.
The final will be played next week in Belo Horizonte the first round and the rematch a week later in Asuncion.
Olimpia won the Libertadores trophy in 1979, 1990 and 2002. Its current coach Ever Hugo Almeida, was goalkeeper in the first two championships and in Ecuador he was champion while leading El National and was also coach of Barcelona.