Soccer-Atletico Mineiro win first Libertadores Cup in shootout

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24 (Reuters) – Atletico Mineiro won the Libertadores Cup for the first time on Wednesday by beating three times champions Olimpia 4-3 in a shootout after their two-leg final ended 2-2 on aggregate.

Central defender Leonardo Silva scored once in normal time and netted the Brazilian side’s fourth penalty before midfielder Matias Gimenez shot Olimpia’s fifth against the post to spark wild celebrations by a 60,000 crowd at the Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Victor had saved Olimpia’s first kick.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg defeat in Asuncion last week, Atletico pulled a goal back through Jo in the 46th minute then levelled the aggregate score when Leonardo Silva headed home three minutes from the end of normal time.

Olimpia’s Julio Manzur was sent off in the 85th minute, leaving the Paraguayan side a man short for the whole of extra time, but neither team could deliver another goal. (Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Writing by Rex Gowar in London; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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