With two goals won in the last five minutes of the match by gunner Gabriel Barbosa ‘Gabigol’, Flamengo won their second Copa Libertadores title in the first single match on Saturday. of the tournament, played at the Monumental stadium in Lima.
The scores, at 89 and 92 minutes of play, turned a match that River had dominated at will and ended up losing both by the relentless appearance of ‘Gabigol’ and by defensive errors that collapsed the anticipated celebration of the two-championship and the fifth title of his title.
Flamengo thus sat sat in his hunger for international glory by claiming his second Copa Libertadores title after 38 years of drought, after the conquest in 1981.
He did this driven by Jorge Jesús, the former Portuguese coach of Benfica and Sporting, who consolidated the return of the Brazilian team to the front line of South American football to the happiness of the thousands of fans who came to Lima.
However, it was River who got ahead of the scoreboard with an early score, achieved at 14 minutes by Colombian goalscorer Rafael Santos Borré, who sent a whiplash from the penalty spot after a center of Ignacio Fernández that could not be cleared at t I’m up to five Brazilian defenders.
With his teeth clenched and the pressure to the maximum of a final, during the first ten minutes he saw a match of few lights, with many infractions and cuts of play that overturned any offensive attempt.
Everything changed when River came to a head and opened the bill, after which he settled on the field of play, dominated the stock and had several danger options that he did not solve due to inaccuracies on the last pass, before a rival who looked extremely bewildered.
The strip team was well able to increase the count at 36 when Palacios sent a powerful ball from outside the area that was narrowly deflected.
Already in the second half the tonic of the game remained, with a River well settled on the ground and a concentrated defense to the maximum, in which they showed Gonzalo Montiel, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Javier Pínola and Milton Casco.
However, with the passing of the minutes and physical wear and tear, Flamengo lashed out in pressure guided by the entered Diego, who changed his offensive face to the ‘Mengcao’.
At 56, he had his first clear choice, when a loose ball fired by ‘Gabigol’ hit the arm of an Argentine defender, who was not considered a penalty by the VAR, and was then blocked by goalkeeper Franco Armani.
Everything changed, however, when 89 minutes were played and Barbosa was in the right place to add at will in front of Armani’s goal after an assist from Giorgian de Arrascaeta.
The sledgehammer of this score completely unbalanced River, who was left without reaction when, at 92, «Gabigol» again appeared with a punchline from the center of the goal to flip the result and devise the thousands of Flamengo fans who arrived at the Monumental of Lima.
Amid River’s bewilderment and the full revolutions, in the next minute Chilean referee Roberto Tobar expelled Exequiel Palacios for kicking an opponent on the ground and, immediately, ‘Gabigol’, for arguing with the River Plate bank.
The two giants of South America contested the maximum continental scepter in the Monumental stadium, of the University of Sports, which was a party and looked splendid, although it was chosen as an emergency as a stage just three weeks ago to replace emergency to the National of Santiago de Chile.