Ronaldinho hails historic Libertadores victory
Brasilia: Ronaldinho has set his sights making history with Atletico Mineiro after the Brazilian club came back from a 2-0 first-leg deficit to defeat Newell`s Old Boys by the same scoreline before triumphing 3-2 on penalties to book their place in the Copa Libertadores final.
Goalkeeper Victor was the hero for the Rooster, saving the Argentines` fifth penalty to clinch victory after Ronaldinho had put the Brazilians ahead in the shoot-out.
“It`s an amazing feeling. We are all aware of the fact that we can make history," the 33-year-old said.
"This is the first time in the club`s history that we have made the final of the competition. I can’t explain how happy I am.
"It’s what motivates me to play – to keep winning titles that I haven`t yet won. I feel like a child."
The former Barcelona star set up Bernard for the opener after just three minutes before substitute Guilherme came off the bench to grab a dramatic late equaliser with six minutes remaining to take the game to penalties.
With the penalty shoot-out locked at 2-2, Ronaldinho stepped up to take Atletico`s fifth penalty and calmly converted before Victor saved Maxi Rodriguez’s penalty to book his side’s place in the final against Olimpia.
“We are going to be motivated and prepared for the final,” added Ronaldinho. “We want to make history."
Newell’s coach Gerardo Martino expressed his disappointment after the game and confirmed that while he will be leaving the Argentine champions, he may not be heading for Brazil.
"I’m certain I am leaving Newell`s,” he said. “But I will not coach Santos."