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 By Tim Vickery

San Lorenzo capture first Copa title

San Lorenzo head coach Edgardo Bauza says lifting the Copa Libertadores is the final piece of the trophy-winning jigsaw for the ten-time Argentine league champions.

It has been a long wait, but San Lorenzo of Argentina -- semifinalists in 1960, in the first version of the Copa Libertadores -- have finally won South America's premier club competition.

In front of their own fans they beat Nacional of Paraguay 1-0 to take the trophy 2-1 on aggregate.

The club have an illustrious supporter: Pope Francis is a staunch San Lorenzo fan, and perhaps he organised a little divine intervention. Because this was a game won, not by the hand of God, but perhaps by a hand...

San Lorenzo win Copa Libertadores

San Lorenzo players celebrate winning the Copa Libertadores over Nacional for the first Copa triumph in the team's 100-plus-year history.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- San Lorenzo of Argentina, Pope Francis' favourite team, defeated Paraguayan side Nacional 1-0 to win the Copa Libertadores title for the first time on Wednesday.

Nestor Ortigoza converted a penalty in the 36th minute to give the club their first major international title in their 106-year history. They clinched the title 2-1 on aggregate. The teams drew 1-1 last week in Paraguay.

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San Lorenzo had been the only top Argentine club yet to win Latin America's most important...

 By Tim Vickery

Stage set for Copa Libertadores finale

Nacional manager Gustavo Morinigo praised their opponents San Lorenzo after they drew 1-1 in the Copa Libertadores.

The Argentine Championship kicked off at the weekend -- but San Lorenzo were not in action.

Their match against Olimpo was postponed to allow them to prepare for the second, decisive leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of Europe's Champions League.

After last week's 1-1 draw in Asuncion, they stand all square at 1-1 with Nacional of Paraguay. A win in front of their own fans on Wednesday night will end a long wait for the continent's premier club prize. Semifinalists...