Brazil: Vasco lift the Copa Brasil for the first time (+video)
Vasco da Gama finally got their hands on the Copa Brasil with an away goals victory over Coritiba. In a hard fought two-legged contest Vasco had prevailed with a 1-0 win at home in the first leg before travelling to Coritiba for last night’s return fixture.
Vasco took the lead after just 11 minutes when Alecsandro, who scored the only goal in the first leg, scored from six yards out to give his side the lead. Coritiba fought back and had turned the second leg around by half-time with goals from Bill (29 minutes) and Davi (44) giving the home side a 2-1 lead on the night. Vasco, however, would gain another away goal just before the hour mark after Éder Luís’s long-range effort wrong footed the Coritiba keeper Edson Bastos to restore parity. Coritiba’s fighting spirit returned midway through the second half with Willian scoring a beautifully struck goal from distance to make it 3-2 on the night and 3-3 on aggregate.
With twenty five minutes left there was still plenty of time for Coritiba to upset the odds and score a fourth but, sadly for the home side, it wasn’t to be as Vasco da Gama held out to finally claim a maiden Copa Brasil triumph. The title win means that Vasco have booked a place in the 2012 Copa Libertadores.
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