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Cruzeiro loses Libertadores Cup at home
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16:05, July 16, 2009

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Hosting the Argentinean team of Estudiantes in the return leg of the Libertadores Cup finals, Cruzeiro was unable to match the intensity of their opponents on Wednesday and lost what would have been the celebration of the team's bi-centennial year participating in the continental competition, the local media reported on Thursday.

Estudiantes won the match 2-1.

After having tied 0-0 in the first leg of the finals, Cruzeiro returned home in hopes of lifting the Libertadores Cup trophy for the third time. However, the hometown fans witnessed the Argentineans raise the trophy for the fourth time.

All of the game's goals were scored in the second half as it took a while for the players to settle down and organize their strategy. In front of the sold out crowd at the Mineirao stadium, Cruzeiro got on the board first in the 51st minute.

Taking a shot from long distance, Henrique's shot deflected off the Estudiantes defense and went straight into the visitor's goal.

Responding quickly, Estudiantes scored their first goal in the 57th minute. Cellay crossed the ball towards the center of the Cruzeiro goal when Fernandez took advantage of the loose ball to push it into the back of the net.

The come-from-behind victory was complete when Veron crossed the ball off a cornerkick in the 72nd minute and found Boselli who headed the ball into the Cruzeiro net, giving his team the victory and the title of the 2009 Libertadores Cup.

Cruzeiro won the title in 1976 and 1997. They had hoped to tie the mark set among other Brazilian teams by winning their third title.

The only other Brazilian team to win three titles is Sao Paulo, who won in 1992, 1993 and 2005. For Estudiantes, they won the tournament in 1968, 1969, 1970 and 2009.

Source: Xinhua



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