Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Lucas Leiva will require an Istanbul style miracle if his Copa Libertadores dream is to be realised in Brazil tonight.
The Gremio midfielder - who will arrive at Anfield in time for pre-season training after agreeing a move to Liverpool - is hoping to inspire his side to an unexpected victory in the South American equivalent of the Champions League final, despite opponents Boca Juniors recording an emphatic 3-0 first leg lead last week. Inspired by Argentinian star Juan Riquelme, Boca took firm control of the two legged final and are overwhelming favourites to complete the job this evening and deny Gremio their third South American crown - and their first since 1995. But goalkeeper Sebastian Saja is drawing inspiration from Liverpool's incredible comeback in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan. "I don't remember Boca ever allowing three goals in a decisive match like this," Saja said. "But Gremio has to do what it has always done, trust in its quality and seek one goal at a time. "I still remember what happened to Milan in the Champions League final against Liverpool, which needed only 30 minutes to erase three goals. It's hard, but not impossible."

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