Hulk fires Atletico Mineiro to Copa do Brasil glory

Source: Xinhua| 2021-12-16 14:39:50|Editor: huaxia

CURITIBA, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Hulk scored his 36th goal of the season as Atletico Mineiro beat Athletico Paranaense 2-1 to secure their second Copa do Brasil title on Wednesday.

Marcos Keno gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the second leg of the final by firing home a first-time effort after Matias Zaracho's cross on the counterattack.

Hulk made it 2-0 when he deftly lifted a shot over goalkeeper Aderbar Santos after a Jefferson Savarino through ball with 15 minutes left.

Jaderson Reis pulled a late goal back for the hosts with a diving header at the far post after a low cross from Abner Vinicius.

The result at Arena da Baixada in the southern city of Curitiba gave Atletico a 6-1 win on aggregate following their 4-0 home win in Sunday's first leg.

It capped a remarkable year for the Belo Horizonte outfit, who secured their second Brazilian Serie A title earlier this month, 50 years after the first.

Hulk finished the Copa do Brasil as the tournament's leading scorer with eight goals in 10 matches. The 35-year-old also led the Serie A scoring with 19 goals in 35 outings.

"It's not easy to be the top scorer in the competition's two main competitions," an elated Hulk said after the match.

"I'm very happy for the team. We conquered our second league title after so many years and now we've been able to crown our season with this trophy. It's very gratifying." Enditem

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