May 18, 2013
Corinthians defeat Boca to win Libertadores Cup
Forward Emerson scored two second-half goals to fire Corinthians to a 3-1 aggregate victory over Argentina's Boca Juniors and secure their first South American Libertadores Cup at a packed Pacaembu stadium on Wednesday.
The Brazilian club's 2-0 win in the second leg of the final followed the 1-1 draw in the first at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires last week.
Emerson struck nine minutes after halftime, receiving a back-heel assist from playmaker Danilo, after Boca's defense failed to clear the ball in a free-kick crossed to the box.
The 33-year-old doubled the lead in the 73rd minute, finishing a quick movement from midfield after an errant pass from Boca defender Rolando Schiavi.
The new South American champions are now qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup in December in Japan, where they would be expected to face European champions Chelsea in the final.
Corinthians: Cassio; Alessandro, Chicao, Leandro Castan, Fabio; Santos, Ralf, Paulinho, Alex, Danilo; Jorge Henrique, Emerson
Boca Juniors: Orión; Sosa, Schiavi, Caruzzo, Rodríguez; Ledesma, Somoza, Erviti, Riquelme; Mouche, Silva
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
TV: Channel 13, Fox Sports (cable)