Ronaldinho has joined yet another elite list with his side's Copa Libertadores win on Wednesday night - he is now one of just four players to have won a World Cup, UEFA Champions League and Copa Libertadores.

Fans of Atlético Miniero, however, were less concerned about that record as they partied on to celebrate their first ever triumph in the tournament. They were simply thrilled to have won the South American equivalent of the Champion's League and they sure did so in dramatic fashion.

Coming into their home second leg against three-time champions Olimpia of Paraguay, Atlético were 2-0 down but confident.

The sides went into the break level, but ex-Manchester City forward Jo got a goal back for the Brazilians in the 47th minute. A defensive error from Pittoni's cross allowed Jo to bury the ball into the back of the net.

The rest of the half was very open with either side looking capable of grabbing the match's second goal. The home side looked slightly more likely to get it and Olimpia's keeper, Martin Silva, made two excellent saves from Leonardo Silva and then Ronaldinho in the 70th and 78th minutes.

Olimpia's Julio Cesar Manzur made things even harder for his side when he picked up a second yellow in the 84th minute and it was only three minutes later that Arsenal target Bernard set up Leonardo Silva's equalising header. The place went wild.

Miniero were the only side who looked like scoring in extra time, with an effort from Rever coming back off the crossbar in the 98th minute. Few other chances were created and the Estadio Independência was braced for penalties.

Olimpia's Herminio Miranda hit a poor first penalty that was saved and that was to prove the only miss until Matias Gimenez stepped up to hit the decisive penalty at 4-3 down. He hit the post and the Miniero celebrations could begin.

Atlético were certainly favourites given the number of big names in the squad and the fact that Olimpia's whole wage bill would roughly add up to the salary that Atlético pay Ronaldinho. The Brazilians made hard work of their cup win, however, and gave us a dramatic final to remember.

 

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