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Man, and I thought Juventus were bad in the CL 2003 penalty shootout...

Once Caldas lift Libertadores Cup

MANIZALES, Colombia, July 1 (Reuters) - Colombian provincial club Once Caldas pulled off a huge upset by beating defending champions Boca Juniors 2-0 on penalties to win the South American Libertadores Cup in an extraordinary atmosphere on Thursday.

Caldas, knocked out in the first round on their previous two Libertadores appearances, were given a [big help by the Argentines, who missed all four of their penalties in the shootout after the second leg of the final ended 1-1.

Last week's first match in Buenos Aires was goalless. Extra time and away goals are not used.

Caldas's title was every bit as surprising as Greece reaching the Euro 2004 final in Portugal earlier in the day.

The Libertadores has only been won by a Colombian team once before in its 44-year history, Atletico Nacional winning in 1989. Caldas are not even considered a major power in the Andean nation, where they have won the championship twice.

Boca were attempting to lift their fourth Libertadores trophy in five years, all under coach Carlos Bianchi.

Hundreds of toilet rolls thrown from the crowd turned the area around the pitch into a sea of white, while smoke from fireworks filled the stadium before kickoff in a game that brought Manizales to a standstill.

Caldas took an eighth-minute lead when midfielder John Viafara unleashed a 25-metre shot which dipped past goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri.

With the crowd going wild, the Colombians could have made it 2-0, Herly Alcazar wasting the chance with an over-elaborate finish as he got carried away by the carnival atmosphere.

Boca defender Rolando Schiavi should have been sent off for kicking Arnulfo Valentierra, although he escaped unpunished as the game threatened to boil over.

Caldas then sat back but Boca, with Carlos Tevez lacking inspiration and Guillermo Barros Schelotto watching glumly from the touchline after pulling a muscle in the warm-up, only looked dangerous from set pieces.

It was a free kick which provided their 52nd-minute equaliser, Franco Cangele floating the ball across and defender Nicolas Burdisso rising to head home.

Valentierra had Caldas's first penalty saved by Abbondanzieri but Boca fared worse as Schiavi shot over, Burdisso hit the crossbar and Cangele and Raul Cascini had efforts stopped by goalkeeper Juan Carlos Henao.

In between, Elkin Soto and Jorge Agudelo scored for the home side while Wilmer Ortegon's spot kick was blocked by Abbondanzieri.

Yahoo should have the match highlights up. Might be worth me finding a high-speed connection to watch Boca miss all of their penalties.

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Boca knocked out River Plate on penalties in the semis. Good to see that a team doesn't win on penalties two rounds in a row.

Viafara's goal was a cracker.

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Shades of Barcelona in the 1986 European Cup final.
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In the Copa Brasil final a few days ago a second division team from somewhere in Sao Paulo beat Flamengo in the Maracana 2-0.

It's happening everywhere. WBA for the premiership?

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Ipswich have won just one out of seven penalty shootouts. We won that one 2-1, so it was more because Luton bottled it more than we did, rather than because we did well.
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