Internacional celebrate 10th anniversary of 2010 Libertadores Title

After three years of Brazilian near-misses, Internacional lifted their second Libertadores title, their first coming in 2006, by defeating Chivas in the 2010 Final.

2010 was a tournament of escapes for Internacional as they lifted the Libertadores title for the second time in their history. Thieir group stage campaign was relatively straightforward, as Inter won all three of their home matches and drew all three of their away matches to finish atop the group with 12 points. 

The drama then began in the Round of 16. Inter suffered a heavy 3-1 defeat in their first leg tie against Banfield. However their away goal proved vital, with a 2-0 win in the return leg at home, with a goal bookending each end of halftime, proving enough to send them into the quarterfinals. Another Argentine side awaited in the quarterfinals, but this time the first leg took place in Porto Alegre. Gonzalo Sorondo's 88th minute goal gifted Inter a 1-0 first leg win, but the second leg in Argentina was anything but routine. Estudiantes scored twice in the first half, putting Inter 2-0 down on the night and heading out on aggreagte. It was the late show again, this time Giuliano scoring in the 88th minute to rescue the tie, leveling things 2-2 on aggregate and sending Inter through once again by virtue of the away goals rule. 

Fellow Brazilian side São Paulo was the semifinal opponent and, again, Inter found themselves in the midst of a dramatic affair. Giuliano scored the lone goal in Inter's 1-0 first leg win in Porto Alegre. São Paulo struck first in the return leg, but Alecsandro's goal early in the second half equalized things at 1-1 on the night. Ricardo Oliveira would score quickly thereafter for the hosts, giving them a 2-1 lead on the night. With the aggregate scoreline level at 2, but Internacional once again heading through on away goals, Inter were put under pressure in the final half an hour by the hosts. Again though, Inter survived the drama, finding themselves in the Libertadores Final for the second time in a short span, having lifted the trophy in 2006. 

Mexican giants Chivas were Inter's Libertadores Final opponent, with the first leg set for Guadalajara. Adolfo Bautista gave the home fans something to cheer about right on halftime, but Inter rallied well in the second half, scoring twice in quick succession through Giuliano and Bolívar to take a 2-1 advantage back to Porto Alegre. 

Leading on aggregate, Internacional once again found themselves under pressure in the return leg, with Marco Fabián scoring late in the first half to pull Chivas level on aggreagate. But Inter put together one of the most impressive forty-five minutes of football in their history during the second half of action. Rafael Sóbis, Leandro Damião and Giuliano all scored for Inter in that second half, each goal sending the supporters into bigger and bigger celebrations. Omar Bravo would pull one back late for Chivas, but the party was well and started. 

A side that had a flair for the dramatic had put together a comprehensive performance to lift the 2010 Libertaodres title. 

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