Tonight, the kings of South America will be crowned with the second leg of the 2014 CONMEBOL Champions League Final. The Copa Libertadores (as it is officially known) will wrap up it’s 55th edition tonight.
San Lorenzo of Argentina will take on Nacional of Paraguay at the Estadio Pedro Bidegain in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw but San Lorenzo scored a crucial away goal. The away goals rule is not the official tiebreaker for this competition as the two teams will go into 30 minutes of Extra Time. If still tied, the game goes to penalties.
This is the first time either team has found themselves in the the Libertadores finals. San Lorenzo has won two CONMEBOL titles, but they came in the very short-lived Copa Mercosur in 2001 and the 2002 Copa Sudamerica which is the second most prestigious title in the region behind this one.
The winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup and enter in the Semifinals and enter the same phase as Real Madrid. The winner will also play in the CONMEBOL Super Cup (officially known as the Recopa Sudamerica) against the winner of the Copa Sudamerica.
Nacional’s road to the finals consisted of finishing second in their group behind Atletico Mineiro of Brazil. They went on to beat Velez Sarfield (ARG), Arsenal (ARG), and Defensor Sporting of Uruguay. The Argentina Killers will look to make it 3 out of 4 knockout rounds with the win today.
San Lorenzo, on the other hand, missed out on first place by only one point. They finished in second behind Union Espanola of Chile to enter the knockout rounds. They barely advanced against Gremio of Brazil as it would come down to penalties and then beat Cruzeiro of Brazil in the Quarterfinals. They destroyed Bolivar of Bolivia in a 5-1 aggregate tally to reach the finals.
The CONMEBOL Champions League winners will join 12 teams with 1 title in the tournament. If San Lorenzo wins, it will be the 23rd title for an Argentinian team and their record in the finals would improve to 23-9. Paraguay can secure their 4th title with the win and would have their record improved to 4-4.
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