Atletico Mineiro were crowned Copa Libertadores champions for the first time after beating Paraguayan opponents Olimpia on penalties, according to fifa.com. After a 2-0 defeat in the first leg in Asuncion, the Brazilian side, coached by Cuca, managed to wipe out their deficit inside 90 minutes thanks to goals from Jo and Leonardo Silva.
Following a goalless extra time period they then edged the shoot-out 4-3, prompting scenes of jubilation in the camp, with former AC Milan and Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho telling Globoesporte.com: “I came back to Brazil for this. A few months ago, they said Jo and I were over, but we have proved the players are not always wrong.”
Herminio Miranda and Matias Gimenez missed in the shoot-out.
Ronaldinho said: “Congratulations to Olimpia because reaching the final is not easy at all. That team deserves everything.”
Coach Cuca told Fox Sports: “This club has more than eight million supporters and had never won an important title before. This is a huge triumph for this club.”
Olimpia boss Ever Almeida was unable to hide disappointment and said: “I’m still proud of my players, of their effort. However, we missed a lot of goal chances and you cannot fail in the final. Our fans have to be proud of these players. “I don’t think Atletico Mineiro did more than us in the two legs, but they are the champions and we failed.”