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Lanus 1 Gremio 2 (1-3 agg): Brazilians end 22-year wait for third Libertadores crown

Fernandinho and Luan scored in the first half as Gremio triumphed 3-1 on aggregate in the South American showpiece on Wednesday.

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30 Nov 2017, 07:17 IST
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Gremio celebrate their Copa Libertadores success

Gremio claimed the Copa Libertadores for the third time in their history after defeating Lanus 2-1 in the second leg of the final.

Fernandinho and Luan scored in the first half as Gremio triumphed 3-1 on aggregate in the South American showpiece on Wednesday.

It was Gremio's first Libertadores title since 1995, ending a 22-year wait for the Brazilian side, who also booked their place at next month's Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Gremio carried a 1-0 lead into the midweek return fixture thanks to Cicero's 83rd-minute strike last week.

And Gremio continued where they left off away to Argentina's Lanus courtesy of Fernandinho.

Fernandinho increased Gremio's advantage on aggregate with a powerful finish in the 27th minute at Estadio Ciudad de Lanus – Nestor Diaz Perez.

Luan silenced the home crowd three minutes before half-time, when he weaved his way past three defenders and scooped the ball over Lanus goalkeeper Esteban Andrada.

Jose Sand's successful penalty pulled a goal back for Lanus with 18 minutes remaining but it was nothing more than a consolation as Gremio – who finished with 10 men following a second yellow card for Ramiro - now look ahead to a Club World Cup semi-final showdown with either Pachuca or Wydad Casablanca on December 12.

 

 

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