2012 Copa Libertadores Finals

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2012 Copa Libertadores de América Finals
Event 2012 Copa Libertadores de América
on aggregate
Corinthians won on points 4–1.
First leg
Date June 27, 2012
Venue Estadio Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera), Buenos Aires
Man of the Match Matías Caruzzo
Referee Enrique Osses (Chile)
Attendance 51,901
Second leg
Date July 4, 2012
Venue Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho (Pacaembu), São Paulo
Man of the Match Emerson Sheik
Referee Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Attendance 37,959
2011
2013

The 2012 Copa Libertadores de América Finals were the final two-legged tie that decided the winner of the 2012 Copa Libertadores de América, the 53rd edition of the Copa Libertadores de América, South America's premier international club football tournament organized by CONMEBOL. The matches were played on June 27 and July 4, 2012 between Boca Juniors of Argentina and Corinthians of Brazil. Boca made their tenth appearance in the competition's Finals, having won six and lost three, most recently winning in 2007. Corinthians appeared in their first Final, their best previous appearance being a semi final loss in 2000.

It was the fourth Libertadores decisive-match Final to be held at the Pacaembu as well as the tenth Final to be held in São Paulo and the seventeenth Final to be held in Brazil. While Corinthians progressed to the knockout stages by finishing top of their group, Boca progressed to the knockout stages by finishing runners-up of their group. Boca then beat Unión Española, Fluminense and Universidad de Chile to reach the finals, while Corinthians knocked out Emelec, Vasco da Gama and defending champions Santos.

In the first leg of the final on 27 June at the Estadio Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera), Boca Juniors took the lead with a goal from Facundo Roncaglia after 73 minutes when he drove the ball high into the net.[1][2] Corinthians equilised in the 85th minute when Romarinho lobbed the ball over fallen Boca Juniors goalkeeper Agustín Orión with the game finishing at 1–1.[3][4][5]

In the second leg of the final on 4 July at the Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho (Pacaembu), Emerson Sheik scored two second half goals to give Corinthians a 2–0 win.[6][7][8][9] As a result, Corinthians won their first Copa Libertadores, and finished the tournament undefeated. As winners, Corinthians represented CONMEBOL at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, in which they entered at the semifinal stage[10][11] and made it to the final, in which they defeated Chelsea F.C. 1–0. They are also playing against 2012 Copa Sudamericana winners São Paulo FC in the 2013 Recopa Sudamericana.

Background[edit]

To reach the finals, in the knockout phase Boca defeated Unión Española, Fluminense, and Universidad de Chile (2–0 on aggregate score), while Corinthians overcame Emelec, Vasco da Gama, and the defending champions Santos (2–1 on aggregate).

Boca and Corinthians reached the final having already lost out in their domestic and state leagues respectively (the Torneo Clausura de la Primera División and Paulistão respectively). But Boca having also reached the final of their domestic cup competition (the Copa Argentina), that will play against Racing on August 8 (in other words, after these finals). Meanwhile, Corinthians (that, like the others Brazilians teams in this Libertadores, didn't play their domestic cup – Copa do Brasil – because of schedule conflicts) reached the final occupying 17th place of their domestic league (the Brasileirão).

In their most recent Libertadores finals, Boca won in 2007 to Grêmio 5–0 (3–0 in Buenos Aires, 2–0 in Porto Alegre). While Corinthians had never played a Libertadores/Copa de Campeones finals before, Boca have played in nine Libertadores/Copa de Campeones finals, winning six (1977, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007) and losing three (1963, 1979 and 2004). The two clubs have met each other twice in Americas before, with Boca winning 4–2 on aggregate in the round of 16 of the 1991 Copa Libertadores, and in the group stage of the 2000 Copa Mercosur, with Boca victory 3–0 in Buenos Aires, and a 2–2 draw in São Paulo (as Boca progressed in the competition – would be later eliminated by Atlético Mineiro in quarter-finals -, Corinthians was eliminated in this stage).

Road to finals[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2012 Copa Libertadores.
Argentina Boca Juniors Round Brazil Corinthians
Opponent Venue Score Opponent Venue Score
Bye First stage Bye
Venezuela Zamora Away 0–0 Second stage Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Away 1–1
Brazil Fluminense Home 1–2 Paraguay Nacional Home 2–0
Argentina Arsenal Away 1–2 Mexico Cruz Azul Away 0–0
Argentina Arsenal Home 2–0 Mexico Cruz Azul Home 1–0
Brazil Fluminense Away 0–2 Paraguay Nacional Away 1–3
Venezuela Zamora Home 2–0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira Home 6–0
Group 4 runner-up
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Fluminense 6 5 0 1 7 4 +3 15
Argentina Boca Juniors 6 4 1 1 9 3 +6 13
Argentina Arsenal 6 2 0 4 6 7 −1 6
Venezuela Zamora 6 0 1 5 0 8 −8 1
Group 6 winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Corinthians 6 4 2 0 13 2 +11 14
Mexico Cruz Azul 6 3 2 1 11 4 +7 11
Paraguay Nacional 6 1 1 4 6 13 −7 4
Venezuela Deportivo Táchira 6 0 3 3 4 15 −11 3
Chile Unión Española Home 2–1 Round of 16 Ecuador Emelec Away 0–0
Away 2–3 Home 3–0
Brazil Fluminense Home 1–0 Quarterfinals Brazil Vasco da Gama Away 0–0
Away 1–1 Home 1–0
Chile Universidad de Chile Home 2–0 Semifinals Brazil Santos Away 0–1
Away 0–0 Home 1–1

Rules[edit]

The final is played over two legs; home and away. The higher seeded team plays the second leg at home. The team that accumulates the most points —three for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss— after the two legs is crowned the champion. Should the two teams be tied on points after the second leg, the team with the best goal difference wins. If the two teams have equal goal difference, the away goals rule is not applied, unlike the rest of the tournament. Extra time is played, which consists of two 15-minute halves. If the tie is still not broken, a penalty shootout ensues according to the Laws of the Game.[12]

Matches[edit]

First leg[edit]

Boca Juniors
Corinthians
GK 1 Argentina Agustín Orión
RB 23 Argentina Facundo Roncaglia Booked 19'
CB 2 Argentina Rolando Schiavi
CB 6 Argentina Matías Caruzzo
LB 3 Argentina Clemente Rodríguez
DM 18 Argentina Leandro Somoza
CM 16 Argentina Pablo Ledesma Substituted off 82'
CW 11 Argentina Walter Erviti Booked 88'
AM 10 Argentina Juan Román Riquelme (c) Booked 42'
LW 7 Argentina Pablo Mouche Substituted off 87'
CF 19 Uruguay Santiago Silva Substituted off 85'
Substitutes:
GK 13 Uruguay Sebastián Sosa
DF 5 Argentina Juan Sánchez Miño
DF 14 Argentina Gastón Sauro
MF 8 Argentina Diego Rivero Substituted in 82'
MF 21 Argentina Cristian Chávez
FW 20 Argentina Darío Cvitanich Substituted in 87'
FW 24 Argentina Lucas Viatri Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Argentina Julio César Falcioni
Boca Juniors vs Corinthians 2012-06-27.svg
GK 24 Brazil Cássio
RB 2 Brazil Alessandro
CB 3 Brazil Chicão Booked 74'
CB 4 Brazil Leandro Castán
LB 6 Brazil Fábio Santos Booked 87'
DM 5 Brazil Ralf
DM 8 Brazil Paulinho
AM 12 Brazil Alex Substituted off 90+2'
AM 20 Brazil Danilo (c) Substituted off 83'
RW 11 Qatar Emerson Sheik
LW 23 Brazil Jorge Henrique Substituted off 39'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Brazil Júlio César
DF 10 Brazil Marquinhos
DF 18 Brazil Weldinho
DF 25 Brazil Wallace Substituted in 90+2'
MF 15 Brazil Douglas
FW 9 Portugal Liédson Substituted in 39'
FW 21 Brazil Romarinho Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Brazil Tite

Man of the Match:
Argentina Matías Caruzzo

Assistant referees:[13]
Francisco Mondria (Chile)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Fourth official:
Patricio Polic (Chile)

Second leg[edit]

Corinthians
Boca Juniors
GK 24 Brazil Cássio
RB 2 Brazil Alessandro (c)
CB 3 Brazil Chicão Booked 4'
CB 4 Brazil Leandro Castán Booked 70'
LB 6 Brazil Fábio Santos
DM 5 Brazil Ralf
DM 8 Brazil Paulinho
AM 12 Brazil Alex Substituted off 88'
AM 20 Brazil Danilo
RW 11 Qatar Emerson Sheik Substituted off 90+1'
LW 23 Brazil Jorge Henrique
Substitutes:
GK 1 Brazil Júlio César
DF 10 Brazil Marquinhos
DF 16 Brazil Ramon
DF 25 Brazil Wallace Substituted in 90+1'
MF 15 Brazil Douglas Substituted in 88'
FW 9 Portugal Liédson
FW 21 Brazil Romarinho
Manager:
Brazil Tite
Corinthians vs Boca Juniors 2012-07-04.svg
GK 1 Argentina Agustín Orión Substituted off 32'
RB 4 Argentina Franco Sosa
CB 2 Argentina Rolando Schiavi Booked 51'
CB 6 Argentina Matías Caruzzo Booked 54'
LB 3 Argentina Clemente Rodríguez
CM 16 Argentina Pablo Ledesma Substituted off 65'
DM 18 Argentina Leandro Somoza
CW 11 Argentina Walter Erviti
AM 10 Argentina Juan Román Riquelme (c)
LW 7 Argentina Pablo Mouche Booked 4' Substituted off 81'
CF 19 Uruguay Santiago Silva Booked 44'
Substitutes:
GK 13 Uruguay Sebastián Sosa Substituted in 32'
DF 5 Argentina Juan Sánchez Miño
DF 14 Argentina Gastón Sauro
MF 8 Argentina Diego Rivero
MF 21 Argentina Cristian Chávez
FW 20 Argentina Darío Cvitanich Substituted in 65'
FW 24 Argentina Lucas Viatri Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Argentina Julio César Falcioni

Man of the Match:
Qatar Emerson Sheik


Assistant referees:[13]
Abraham González (Colombia)
Humberto Clavijo (Colombia)
Fourth official:
José Buitrago (Colombia)

Copa Libertadores de América
2012 Champion
Brazil
Corinthians
First Title

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corinthians earn draw at Boca Juniors". Fox News. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Boca stunned by late Romarinho strike". ESPNstar.com. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Romarinho's late goal helps Corinthians to draw". San Francisco Chronicle. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Copa Libertadores: Boca Juniors 1 Corinthians 1". Soccerway.com. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Boca y Corinthians, iguales (1-1)" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL.com. 2012-06-28. 
  6. ^ "¡Corinthians, brillante campeón!" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL.com. 5 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Corinthians claim Copa glory". ESPN Soccernet. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Corinthians finally break their duck as Emerson sees off Boca Juniors". Guardian. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Corinthians wins Copa Libertadores for 1st time". Sports Illustrated. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Corinthians, the cream of South America". FIFA.com. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Corinthians claim Copa glory". ESPN. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Copa Santander Libertadores 2012: reglamento del torneo" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. 
  13. ^ a b "Copa Santander Libertadores 2012–árbitros finales 2012". CONMEBOL. 2012-06-22. 

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