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Bravo scores but Chivas falls to Internacional in Copa Libertadores final

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Rafael Sobis, Leandro and Giuliano scored second-half goals as Internacional defeated Mexico's Guadalajara 3-2 on Wednesday to collect its second Copa Libertadores title.

Brazilian club Internacional had won the first leg 2-1 in Mexico last week and clinched the title in Latin America's most important club competition 5-3 on aggregate at a packed Beira-Rio stadium.

Midfielder Marco Fabian De la Mora had put the Mexicans ahead with the opening goal in the 43rd minute, beating a defender to a ball headed into the area by future Kansas City Wizards designated player Omar Bravo.

But Sobis equalized from close range in the 63rd, completing a cross by World Cup veteran left back Kleber.

Substitute striker Leandro scored on a breakaway in the 76th and Giuliano sealed the victory in the 90th. Bravo scored the second goal for Guadalajara in injury time. He will join the Wizards at the start of the 2011 season.

Players scuffled on the field after the match but police quickly intervened to quell any trouble. The Mexicans said they were provoked by the Brazilian players and fans, and complained of a lack of security.

"I don't know why they let something like this happen," Guadalajara coach Jose Luis Real said. "It's seems it's OK to happen when it's here."

Guadalajara, known as Chivas, was trying to become the first Mexican club to win the competition.

Real blamed the loss on "the silly mistakes we made in the two goals."

Internacional's win was the 14th Copa Liertadores title for a Brazilian club. Argentine teams have the most with 22.

Internacional won the competition in 2006, when it also clinched FIFA's Club World Cup by upsetting Barcelona in the final. Since then, the Brazilian club has won four other international competitions — the Recopa Sudamericana, the Copa Sudamericana, the Dubai Cup and the Suruga Cup.

Internacional was already guaranteed a spot in this year's club championship in Dubai because Mexican clubs are part of the North and Central American region and can't represent South America.

It has also won the right to play in the Recopa Sudamericana, which is played between the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana champions.

Internacional controlled most of the match in front of nearly 50,000 fans and had several chances to get on the board, but Chivas was more dangerous in the few opportunities it created in the first half.

De la Mora nearly put the Mexicans on the board with a well-placed shot from outside the area that just missed wide in the 23rd, but he found the target just before halftime.

Argentine midfielder Andres D'Alessandro threatened the most for Internacional, and his free kick in the 27th was deflected just wide. Striker Taison almost scored from the top of the area in the 24th, and defender Bolivar's shot missed the far corner by little in the 28th.

After allowing the late goal in the first half, Internacional returned from the break putting pressure on Chivas.

Sobis, who stared the match as a replacement for injured Alecsandro, received a ball just in front of the goal in a breakaway in the 55th but was unable to get past Chivas goalkeeper Michel.

Sobis made up for that with his next opportunity, when he latched on to Kleber's perfect cross from near the six-yard line on a play set up by midfielder Tinga.

Leandro then scored just three minutes after replacing Sobis.

Chivas' Omar Arellano was red carded in the 87th for a hard foul on D'Alessandro, and Internacional quickly converted the numeric advantage when Giuliano beat two defenders and chipped past Michel from inside the area.

It was Internacional's seventh win in as many matches at the Beira-Rio in this year's Copa Libertadores. The team hasn't lost at the stadium in the Latin American competition since 1993.

Celso Roth took over as Internacional coach after the World Cup break, just before the Copa Libertadores semifinals. He replaced Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati, who was fired because of poor results in the Brazilian league.

Chivas was only the second Mexican club to reach the final since the country accepted the invitation to join the Copa Libertadores in 1998. Cruz Azul made it in 2001 but lost the final to Boca Juniors.

Chivas began this year's competition in the second round after being forced to pull out of the 2009 tournament because of the swine flu outbreak in Mexico, which kept opponents from traveling to the North American nation.

Chivas striker Adolfo Bautista was heavily booed nearly every time he touched the ball because he ignored the Brazilian national anthem before the match and warmed up on the field while the rest of the Guadalajara players lined up.

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