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Estudiantes win Copa Libertadores
Juan Sebastian Veron emulates father in leading Argentines to victory over Cruzeiro.
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2009 06:29 GMT

It doesn't get much bigger than a Brazil-Argentina Copa final [AFP]
Juan Sebastian Veron led Estudiantes to their first Copa Libertadores since 1970 when they upset Brazil's Cruzeiro 2-1 in the second leg of the final at the Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.

The Argentine club, who had lifted the trophy three times in a row from 1968, triumphed 2-1 on aggregate after a 0-0 draw at home in La Plata last week.

It was a special achievement for Veron, emulating his father Juan Ramon, the outstanding player of the Estudiantes side that won the club's three previous titles.

"Let them enjoy this – it's for the fans. It's unique," former Lazio and Manchester United midfielder Veron told Fox Sports on Thursday.

Monumental

"We have to raise a monument to all the players," said coach Alex Sabella.

"Veron is the greatest-ever Estudiantes player."

Cruzeiro took the lead seven minutes into the second half when Henrique unleashed a drive from 25 metres that took a deflection off defender Leandro Desabato and went in at the near post, out of reach of the diving Mariano Andujar.

Estudiantes replied within five minutes.

Right-back Cristian Cellay whipped in a cross, keeper Fabio failed to cut the ball out and Gaston Fernandez tapped in from two metres.

Mauro Boselli headed the winner in the 73rd minute from Veron's corner, boosting his tally as the tournament's top scorer to eight goals.

Dead-balled

Cruzeiro coach Adilson Baptista said: "We played better in the second half, went 1-0 up and could have got a second.

"Then we concended goals through a loss of concentration in defence and a dead ball play.

"We're not going to feel sorry for ourselves."

Cruzeiro substitute Thiago twice came close to pulling the Brazilians level in the final three minutes, first with a long-range effort that hit the angle of post and bar and then when he blasted over from close range.

Estudiantes had marginally the better of a tight first half in which neither goalkeeper had a save to make, although both sides had chances.

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