Duo taste final joy

On a thrilling weekend of football, the celebrations were loudest in Brazil and Australia, where Flamengo and Newcastle Jets won the Taca Guanabara and A-League titles respectively. Read on as FIFA.com brings you the pick of the action from across the globe.

A-League: Money is not everything
Despite boasting one of the competition's lowest budgets, Newcastle Jets made light of any financial disparity by beating Central Coast Mariners in Sunday's A-League Grand Final. In front of more than 36,000 fans in the Sydney Football Stadium, Mark Bridge's superb long-range strike was enough to give the Jets their first championship crown.

For victorious coach Gary van Egmond, in the job for only 18 months, the result vindicated his attacking approach. "Playing with three at the back gave us more options going forward. We did a good job at containing their attacking forays and keeping the ball away from our area. I think we played a rather attractive brand of football," he said.

Man of the moment: Jets defender Andrew Durante put the seal on a superb season in the Newcastle backline with another imposing display in the Grand Final.
Headline grabber: "Our budget for this year was just 1.87 million (Australian dollars), while the Mariners' was nearly three million. We've achieved this without overspending, which makes it very satisfying. Can we keep it going? Only the next few years can tell us that," Gary van Egmond, Newcastle Jets coach.

Argentinian Clausura: Boca and River keep pace
League leaders Estudiantes and Velez Sarsfield maintained their 100 per cent records with emphatic wins over Newell's Old Boys and Banfield respectively in Round 3 of the Clausura. Boca Juniors and River Plate, meanwhile, are just behind on seven points apiece.

A double from evergreen forward Martin Palermo earned Carlos Ischia's Xeneizes victory at San Martin, while Diego Simeone's charges eased to a 2-0 home success over struggling San Lorenzo, who are without a point or a goal thus far.

The fact: Palermo has now hit 179 goals for Boca and is just one short of matching the club's all-time record held by Francisco ' El Cañoncito' Varallo, who scored 180 times for the Auriazules between 1931 and 1937.
The quote: "We were very sloppy; we lacked a bit of composure. We move the ball around well and play good football, but we lacked penetration and attacking thrust [today]. This is a great squad and we can't afford to be out of the running so soon." Ramon Diaz, San Lorenzo coach.

Brazilian State Championships: Fla take the spoils
The legendary Estadio Maracana was the setting for a heated Taca Guanabara final, with incidents at both ends sending tensions spiralling. Botafogo strode into a 27th-minute lead via Wellington Paulista, only for O Rubro-Negro to level matters just after the hour through Ibson's spot-kick. Flamengo's winner was eventually scored by Diego Tardelli in injury time, though their opponents still had time to hit the bar and for Fabio to waste a clear headed opportunity before the final whistle. The result sealed Flamengo's 18th Taca Guanabara success and booked their place in the final of the Carioca State Championship.

Results elsewhere: A goal from defender Rogerio helped Bahia to a 1-0 win over Vitoria, and kept the club in first place in the Baiano State Championship. Corinthians' 1-0 defeat of Ponte Pretas moved the fallen giants into fourth in the Paulista State Championship and helped Guaratingueta leapfrog Ponte into top spot. Sao Paulo, who drew 2-2 with Noroeste, are back in fifth.
Headline grabber: Aggrieved at falling short in the final, Botafogo President Bebeto de Freitas resigned after his side's defeat. "I've lost the will to keep on fighting. I've already given this club a great deal. Now is the time for someone with more drive to take over."

Mexican Clausura: Santos spoil Romano debut
Necaxa stormed to a comprehensive 3-0 win at Pumas, a brace from Colombian forward Hugo Rodallega and an Angel Reyna strike doing the damage for Los Rayos. Newly appointed America coach Ruben Omar Romano will have unhappy memories of his first game in charge, visitors Santos walking away from the Estadio Azteca with all three points thanks to Matias Vuoso's solitary strike. The win, coupled with the 1-1 draw between Monterrey and Atlas, saw Santos move top of Group 2 on 12 points. Despite a 2-2 draw on their visit to San Luis, Guadalajara remain top of Group 3 with 15 points. Toluca, meanwhile, are setting the pace in Group 1, a 3-2 win over Vera Cruz taking them on to 14 points.

The fact: Monterrey continue to boast the competition's strongest backline, having shipped just five goals. And in striker Humberto Suazo they also have the division's joint-top scorer, the Chilean hitman being level with Guadalajara's Omar Bravo on six goals thus far.
Big game: Puebla's emphatic 4-0 win over Morelia at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc helped lift them off the bottom of the overall standings.

The Bolivian league kicked off with contrasting results for the country's Copa Libertadores representatives. Real Potosi prepared for this week's Libertadores clash with Caracas FC in the worst possible fashion, after being dealt a 5-0 defeat by The Strongest. San Jose, meanwhile, nicked a 2-1 win against Blooming of Santa Cruz to set them up for their visit to Colombian side Cucuta Deportivo. Wilstermann, for their part, overwhelmed Real Mamore 6-0 to storm into first place.

Over in Egypt, Cairo heavyweights Al Ahly picked up a hard-fought 1-0 win over Ghazl Al Mehalla. A 93rd-minute winner from Angolan forward Flavio Amado, combined with second-place Petrojet's home reverse by Itesalat, saw Al Ahly increase their lead at the top of the table.