Inter PA celebrate winning the Copa Libertadores

 Last night Inter PA comfortably won the second leg of the Copa Libertadores Final by 3 goals to 1 and won the giant trophy for the second time in 5 years. As in the first leg, Inter lost the first goal just before half time. But as in the first leg, they did not panic but kept playing calmly and on the hour mark, Rafael Sobis, on from the start in place of the injured Alecsandro, paid of his recent transfer fee with the equaliser that put them back ahead on aggregate. Two further second half goals, by substitutes Leandro and Giuliano, made it very comfortable for Inter and no-one noticed or cared when Chivas got a second in the second minute of added on time.

So Inter won 5-3 on aggregate and captain Bolivar got to lift the massive trophy to the delight of the 50,000 plus Inter fans in the stadium. Giuliano finished up top scorer over the Libertadores campaign, not bad for a reserve midfielder, although he is likely to replace Sandro in the first time line up now that very talented midfielder Sandro is finally released to join Spurs.

The next major goal for Inter is to re-win the World Club Championship they won in 2006 beating Barcelona in the final. This time it is the other Inter, from Milan, they are likely to face in the final in December in Abu Dhabi. Their chances may very well depend on how many of last night’s team are sold to Europe before then. Sandro has already gone and there are rumours that class full back Kleber, whose brilliant pass laid on the first goal last night may follow him. Hopefully the rest of the squad will be retained and maybe even strengthened.

Roth 10 years on he find sthe key to happiness

Manager Celso Roth offers a ray of hope for Arsene Wenger. Like Wenger, Roth’s team always play good football and he has become a highly rated manager. However last night’s triumph was the first time in 10 years he has actually won a trophy to go with the couple of State crowns he won more than a decade ago. No wonder he looked like the cat who finally got the cream.

The Inter win ended a sequence of 3 consecutive defeats by Brazilian teams in the Copa Libertadores final, their bitter rivals Gremio lost to Boca Juniors in 2007, current league leaders Fluminense catastrophically lost to LDU Quito in 2008, and Cruzeiro were beaten in 2009 by Estudiantes. A future LSA will look at Fluminense’s defeat in 2008 and ask if they have finally recovered from their broken heart that almost killed the club.