Vasco da Gama wins 2011 Brazilian Cup
In the second leg of the 2011 Brazilian Cup finals, Vasco da Gama lost to Coritiba 3-2 on Wednesday, but still won the tournament after winning at home 1-0.
The victory also puts Vasco da Gama into the 2011 Libertadores Cup, the most prestigious tournament of the Americas.
Vasco da Gama took an early lead in the 12th minute. Dribbling down towards the far right side of the field, Eder Luis invaded the goalie box and passed a great ball off to a wide-open Alecsandro who easily pushed it into the open net.
Coritiba fought back to tie the match in the 29th minute. Off a crossed ball, Jonas attempted to head it into the goal. Following up the header, Bill cut behind and headed it into the far left side of the Vasco da Gama, out of reach of the diving Vasco da Gama keeper, Fernando Prass.
The home team then claimed the lead in the 44th minute. After a blocked shot from Prass, Davi followed Rafinha's shot and freely one-timed the ball into the left side of the Vasco da Gama goal.
Returning to the second half, Vasco score the equalizer in the 57th minute. Receiving the outlet pass, Eder Luis attempted a shot from nearly 40 meters out that blew between two defenders and fooled keeper Edson Bastos, bending into the center of the goal.
Shortly after, Coritiba tied the match in the 66th minute when Willian took advantage of a Vasco da Gama defensive error, pounding the ball from 26 meters out that curved into the upper right side of Prass' goal, out of reach of the diving keeper.
Coritiba reached the semifinals in 1991, 2001 and 2009, but had never reached the finals. Vasco da Gama has accumulated six appearances in the semifinals (1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2008 and 2009) but has never won the tournament. The team's only trip to the finals was in 2006, suffering a loss to Flamengo.
Vasco da Gama now celebrates its first ever Brazilian Cup title, as well as marking Brazil's first team to qualify for the 2012 Libertadores Cup.
Waiting for the team at the airport in Rio.
Goalkeeper Fernando Prass.
The team arriving in Rio de Janeiro.
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Goals from the match
At the airport in Rio de Janeiro, waiting for the team