Former striker Luizão, Corinthians’ top scorer between 1999 and 2001, on Monday classified the 2000 team, world champion and semifinalist of the Copa Libertadores de América, as the best team he played for. For him, that team could easily have won the continental tournament.
“Corinthians 2000 is the best of all, but it didn’t win (Libertadores),” he told the ESPN, explaining, in his view, what the team lacked in winning the continental tournament.
“We still needed to touch the ball for each other, that we would have beaten Palmeiras six in the first game. That’s all that was missing,” said the former player, who left his mark on two occasions in the second match.
The game that Luizão referred to was Timão’s 4-3 victory in the first leg. The Parque São Jorge club came to open 3 to 1, with chances of expanding the score, but ended up leading the tie of the rival. The victory came almost in extra time, with a shot by Vampeta that deflected in Roque Júnior.
With the minimum advantage, Corinthians went to the second game and saw their rivals open 1 to 0. Quickly, however, they turned the score and looked close to their first continental final with 2 to 1. The problem was what Palmeiras reacted to , made 3 to 2 and took the decision to penalties. Marcelinho Carioca wasted the decisive charge.
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