ESPN FC, Friday, July 12, 2013 4:34 PM
Atletico Mineiro overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit on Wednesday to defeat Newell’s Old Boys on penalties to reach the Copa Libertadores final, where it will play Paraguayan giant Olimpia in
another two-leg series. The first leg of the final series will be played in Asuncion next Wednesday with the return leg in Belo Horizonte the following week.
evened the score on aggregate at 2-2, bringing the series to overtime and eventually penalties. Ronaldinho
Newell’s defense open with a superb through ball that was duly dispatched by Bernard in the third minute. However, as Newell’s settled into the game, a second goal for Mineiro looked
unlikely until substitute Guilherme met Diego Mateo’s
weak clearance with a powerful right-footed strike from 20 yards five minutes into stoppage time in the second
Atletico goalkeeper Victor
was the hero during the shootout, saving Maxi Rodriguez’s
effort with the score tied 2-2 after four kickers
each. Victor thanked Atletico’s backroom staff for helping him analyze Newell’s shootout win against Boca Juniors in the quarterfinal. "I watched those shots against Boca and I have to
thank the data staff who gave me the necessary information," he said, adding: "We've become stronger as the campaign went on. We are stronger because of what we've done so far this year. We've played
a great Copa Libertadores this year. We are focused on the final."
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