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Gremio set for world stage after ending continental drought

Brazil's Gremio celebrate with the trophy after winning the Copa Libertadores 2017 final

Gremio claimed their first Copa Libertadores title for 22 years with a relatively comfortable 3-1 aggregate win over Lanus on Wednesday.

Boasting a 1-0 first-leg advantage, the Brazilian club put one hand on the title with first-half strikes from Fernandinho and Luan in Argentina.

That left Lanus, who were featuring in their maiden final, facing a mountain to climb if they were to overhaul Gremio. However, there was only a lone consolation from veteran striker Jose Sand, who netted from the penalty spot with 19 minutes remaining.

The Porto Alegre club’s third continental title books their maiden appearance at the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017.  

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