Brazil's Internacional defeated Mexico's Chivas Guadalajara on a 5-3 aggregate score Wednesday, which prompted a swirl of joyous and vengeful chaos on the pitch that drew out the riot police in Porto Alegre.
Guadalajara was the one on the attack as Inter and its pitch-invading fans celebrated the club's second Libertadores title, but the Chivas players say it was payback for a show of pre-match disrespect.
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Guadalajara said they reacted to a lack of respect for the Mexican national anthem before kickoff.
"They did not respect the anthem from the start and if they show no respect how can they expect us to respect them?" Mexico midfielder Adolfo Bautista told reporters.
Bautista, who annoyed the Inter fans by warming up during the Brazilian anthem, was quoted in Mexican media as saying a Brazilian team assistant had spat at Marco Fabian de la Mora, who scored Guadalajara's opening goal.
Guadalajara lost the first leg 2-1 at home but raised their hopes of an upset by