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Ortigoza wins San Lorenzo historic Libertadores crown

Midfielder Néstor Ortigoza stepped up to give San Lorenzo their first-ever Copa Libertadores trophy with a first-half penalty, as that single goal proved enough to down Nacional 2-1 on aggregate in the second leg and assure the Argentine giants South America's most important club championship.

Nacional dominated the opening exchanges, striking the post early on and causing San Lorenzo serious problems at the back. Edgardo Bauza's men, meanwhile, struggled to make an impact on play, attacking with little direction and authority.

But all changed 10 minutes before half-time, when on a rare foray forward Nacional's Ramón Coronel handed the Bajo Flores team a penalty thanks to an infantile handball.

Ortigoza dispatched the penalty past goalkeeper Ignacio Don and celebrated with a packed Nuevo Gasometro, as the hosts went 2-1 up on aggregate.

After the break, San Lorenzo played with a little more fluidity but they were still vulnerable to Nacional advances. Striker Fredy Bareiro had a strong shout for a penalty of his own when he was pulled down from behind, but his protests were ignored as play continued.

The Paraguayans subsequently had no answer to a stout defence from the hosts, who held on to run down the clock and help the stadium explode with joy at the sounding of the final whistle.
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