San Lorenzo capped off the second leg of the 2014 CONMEBOL Champions League Final with a 1-0 (2-1 aggregate) win over Nacional of Paraguay. San Lorenzo secured their first title ever in the tournament and will participate in the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.
The Argentinian side captured the 23rd title for the country in the tournament’s history to bring Argentina to a whopping 23-9 record in the finals. San Lorenzo becomes the 8th team in the country to win the title. Nacional became the second Paraguayan team to reach the finals but came up short to bring the country’s record to 3-5. It is also the second straight year a team from Paraguay has lost in the finals.
The first leg of the CONMEBOL Champions League Final saw some heroics from Nacional in the 90+2′ to tie the game up permanently and set up an interesting second leg. This time, it only took one goal and it came in the form of a penalty kick from Nestor Ortigoza. There is one Paraguayan player and one Uruguayan player on San Lorenzo and Ortigoza just so happens to be the one from Paraguay. Ortigoza has national team experience in qualifiers, as well as time in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Nacional is comprised of all Paraguayans except for their goalie (who is Argentinian).
The home crowd was partying in Buenos Aires with the win. There may even be a few fans that make it to the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco. That tournament takes place in December with 4 teams now qualified. Real Madrid and San Lorenzo will enter in the Semifinals, Cruz Azul (CONCACAF) will enter in the Quarterfinals while Auckland City (OFC) and Moghreb Tetouan (Host Nation) will play in the Play-Off Round.
San Lorenzo will now look to play well in the Argentine Primera Division that just started. They are one of two teams that are yet to play a game.
Nacional will now look to play their 4th game of the Paraguayan Primera Division. They currently stand in 9th place with 3 points, but that is obviously nothing to gauge the team just yet.
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