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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 July, 2003, 03:50 GMT 04:50 UK
Boca claim Copa glory
Boca survived an early onslaught from Santos
Boca survived an early onslaught from Santos
Santos 1-3 Boca Juniors (1-5 on aggregate)

Argentine side Boca Juniors won the Copa Libertadores for the third time in four years by beating Brazilian champions Santos.

Boca won the second-leg match 3-1 to seal a resounding 5-1 aggregate victory.

Nineteen-year-old striker Carlos Tevez effectively killed off the tie when he gave visitors Boca a 21st-minute lead.

Pele's former club equalised with a long-range shot by defender Alex in the 75th minute but their fightback ended nine minutes later after a brilliantly taken goal by Marcelo Delgado.

Rolando Schiavi added a penalty in the fifth minute of injury-time.

Santos players furiously protested the decision, awarded for a double-footed challenge by goalkeeper Fabio Costa, and captain Paulo Almeida grabbed Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda's yellow card and showed it to him.

Coach Carlos Bianchi, who led Boca to the title in 2000 and 2001, and Velez Sarsfield to a triumph in 1994, became the first coach to win the trophy four times.

Santos skipper Paulo de Almeida
Santos skipper Paulo de Almeida is comforted
Santos made a lively start but missed two good early chances.

First a header from Alex was cleared off the line by Javier Villareal and then Robinho missed the target with an easy chance.

Boca, who had already come close with a Delgado shot, struck a hammer blow in the 21st minute when Tevez scored with a first-time shot after a quick exchange of passes with Sebastian Battaglia.

Santos, who never reproduced the flowing football which took them through to the final, threatened a fightback when Alex scored with a 30-metre drive which went in off the post.

But they were left exposed as they threw themselves onto the attack and Delgado took full advantage, breaking clear to score from nearly 40 metres after Fabio Costa rushed off his line.

Schiavi finished off the job in the 95th minute after a rash challenge from the huge Santos goalkeeper.




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