Estudiantes seize continental gold
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Estudiantes were crowned Copa Libertadores champions as they came from a goal down to beat Brazilian side Cruzeiro. Gaston Fernandez and Mauro Boselli were the heroes for the La Plata club as they scored the goals that sunk Cruzeiro, who came into the game unbeaten at home.

It was the fourth Libertadores title for the Argentinian side, but their first since 1970 - which was the last of a sequence of three in a row - and books a place in this year's FIFA Club World Cup, to be played in United Arab Emirates in December.

After a goalless first leg, Estudiantes played an intelligent match at the Mineirao, never allowing Cruzeiro to dominate and largely controlled the game thanks to a solid defensive display. The Argentines had their first chance in the 21st minute, but Boselli wasted a decent opportunity after being played in by Fernandez. A minute later, Wellington failed to connect to a Magrao header.

Six minutes after the interval, an Henrique shot was deflected by Estudiantes defender Leandro Desabato and put Cruzeiro ahead against the run of play. However, the visitors managed to equalise six minutes later, when Argentina international Juan Sebastian Veron - who was voted man of the match - passed the ball to Christian Cellay, who crossed from the right for Fernandez to score.

In the 72nd minute, Boselli headed home a Veron corner to start the celebrations for his team and their fans in Belo Horizonte. It was Boselli's eighth goal in this year's competition, making him the tournament's top scorer.

Cruzeiro had two opportunities to level the game and take it to extra-time. In the 83rd minute, a Gerson Magrao shot from outside the box was well claimed by Estudiantes Keeper Mariano Andujar. Three minutes later, Thiago Ribeiro shot powerfully from outside the box and struck the crossbar.