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Gremio win third Copa Libertadores crown

Brazil's Gremio forward Fernandinho (C) celebrates with teammate Luan after scoring a goal against Argentina's Lanus during the Copa Libertadores 2017 final match, at Lanus stadium in Buenos Aires, on November 29
Brazil's Gremio forward Fernandinho (C) celebrates with teammate Luan after scoring a goal against Argentina's Lanus during the Copa Libertadores 2017 final match, at Lanus stadium in Buenos Aires, on November 29 AFP
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Buenos Aires (AFP)

Brazilian side Gremio won their third Copa Libertadores crown on Wednesday with a 2-1 triumph over Argentina's Lanus in La Fortaleza stadium.

Gremio arrived in Argentina off a 1-0 win in the first leg of the final in Porto Alegre, and bolstered their advantage with first-half goals from Fernandinho and Luan.

Fernandinho's blistering left-footed shot put the visitors up 1-0 in the 27th. Luan floated a shot over Lanus goalkeeper Esteban Andrada in the 42nd to double the advantage and cap a Copa that saw him named the best player of the 2017 edition of the South American club competition.

Although Lanus had produced four second-half goals against River Plate in the return leg of the semi-finals, there would be no miracle comeback this time.

Jose Sand converted a penalty in the 72nd to pull back one goal, but the Argentine side were denied a first Copa Libertadores title.

Gremio added their third title to those they won in 1983 and 1995.

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