Internacional celebrated their second Copa Libertadores title after they defeated Mexican giants Guadalajara 3-2 to clinch a 5-3 aggregate win. The Brazilian side, coached by Celso Roth, lifted their first Libertadores trophy in 2006 when they defeated compatriots Sao Paulo in the final.
Inter fans at the Beira-Rio were in an expectant mood after they won the first leg 2-1 at the Omnilife stadium last week, but Marco Fabian de la Mora silenced them when he drew his side level after 43 minutes with a bicycle kick following Omar Arellano's pass. A 2-2 aggregate score would have taken the final to extra time, but the hosts drew level 1-1 on the night after 61 minutes when an unmarked Rafael Sobis received the ball from Kleber and beat Luis Michel.
Inter moved a step closer to the title in the 76th minute when Leandro added a second after winning the ball in midfield and shaking off the attention of defender Hector Reynoso to score. With four minutes to go, Guadalajara star Omar Arellano was sent off for a poor tackle on Andres D'Alessandro and Inter sealed the result soon after when Giuliano found the net.
Guadalajara scored an injury-time consolation goal when Adolfo Bautista's free-kick hit the crossbar and fell to Patricio Araujo who beat Renan. "This title is for my family. I love this club and I hope I can stay here for a long, long time," Inter goalkeeper Renan told Fox Sports.
Internacional midfielder Giuliano said he felt "blessed by God" after his goal helped Inter claim the title. Giuliano, who scored six goals during the tournament, said: "Thank God I've been blessed in the Libertadores. I am tremendously happy. We were always sure and confident of our potential, of what we were able to do. We had what it takes. I feel a lucky boy for helping Inter."
Forward Alecsandro, who missed the second leg of the final due to injury, praised his team-mate: "Giuliano is the best player of this Libertadores, no question about it. He played wonderfully."
Goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri, midfielder Pablo Guinazu and playmaker D'Alessandro became the first Argentinians to win the Copa Libertadores in a Brazilian team. D'Alessandro said his side's unbeaten home record was crucial in their success: "We did not lose at home and that is very important.
"Tonight, we were down undeservedly and in the second half we wanted to kill them. They are tough matches. Now, it's time for celebration. I hope we can lift the World Cup trophy in Abu Dhabi. We have completed the first step." Guinazu added: "We won because we put our heart on the pitch."
Rafael Sobis, who returned to the Porto Alegre side on loan from Al-Jazira until June 2011, was also happy to score in the final - just like he did in their 2006 success. He said: "I came here to play the semi-finals and did not score until the final match.
"This year's achievement has a different taste. In 2006, we had the pressure of having already lost a final in 1980. Tonight, it was calmer. We have players who know how to play finals. Now, I want the league title and the Club World Cup trophy."
Inter's success means they will play in the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi in December as the CONMEBOL representative, while Guadalajara failed to become the first Mexican team to win the championship.