Thursday, August 03, 2006

Copa Libertadores Addendum

The other semi-final second-leg match, between Brazil's Internacional and Libertad from Paraguay, just ended a little while ago and what a game! Last week's game was a bit dull and the two teams parted with a 0-0 draw. But even before tonight's match got started, you could feel--through the television no less--that it was all going to matter one way or another. Even before the first whistle was blown, the Brazilian fans lit up the stands with the requisite fireworks and flares, huge billowing clouds of gray smoke smothering the pitch like a lost set from Apocalypse Now. Both teams managed to stay tied for the first half, but the last half hour belonged to Inter despite some great opportunities by Libertad. In the end, though, Inter scored two fabulous goals and the stadium seemed to lift off into the galaxy above. It was one of those splendid and unforgettable events, even from afar, that made you feel good that you were alive. Now, if you don't mind, I've gotta split. I'm packing my bags and moving to Brazil.

Inter and Sao Paulo play the two-leg Championship final on August 9th and the 16th.

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