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Sao Paulo won the Copa Libertadores for the third time on Thursday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:51 IST
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Sao Paulo won the Copa Libertadores for the third time on Thursday when they beat fellow Brazilians Atletico Paranaense 4-0 in the second leg of the final at the Morumbi stadium. The final between the two Brazilian clubs was the first in the South American tournament's 45-year history to feature two teams from the same country. Paranaense, whose game is based on counter-attack, absorbed early pressure before creating their first chance on 13 minutes. Fabricio left fly with a free kick from 35 metres, which was deflected by Alex and went behind for a corner. Slices of fortune Paranaense, bottom of the Brazilian championship, had enjoyed huge slices of fortune in reaching their first Libertadores Cup final, but it began to run out on 17 minutes. Diego was at fault for Sao Paulo's opening goal when he failed to hold Danilo's shot. The striker managed to follow through and the ball looped up to Amoroso, who headed in the rebound. Paranaense rarely looked capable of recovering, but were gifted a chance to equalise just before the end of the first half. Aloisio was held by Alex and, although the incident appeared to happen outside the area, the Paranaense player fell inside and a penalty was given. After three minutes of Sao Paulo protests, Fabricio rolled a tame effort against the post with goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni beaten. Costly miss The half time whistle went moments later and it proved a costly miss as the home side completely dominated the second period. Sao Paulo doubled their lead in the 53rd minute when central defender Fabao rose above the Paranaense defence to head in powerfully from Cicinho's corner. The final was all but over when Sao Paulo scored their third of the night in the 71st minute as Luizao tapped in Amoroso's cross at the far post in what appeared to be an offside position. Sao Paulo crowned a perfect night when Diego Tardelli collected a well timed pass from Mineiro. The substitute cut inside Durval before firing in the fourth goal in the 89th minute. Sao Paulo's top player throughout the tournament, goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, who ended as their top scorer with five goals, went up to collect the trophy. With the 5-1 aggregate win, Sao Paulo became the first Brazilian team to lift the trophy since Palmeiras in 1999. It was also a night to remember for Sao Paulo's coach Paulo Autuori. He also steered Cruzeiro to a Copa Libertadores triumph 1997. (AP)