Copa Libertadores: Flamengo beat River Plate with two late goals
Because Flamengo came from a goal down to beat River Plate and win their first Copa Libertadores name since 30, gabriel Barbosa scored twice at a dramatic last five minutes.
The leaders were second best for much of the match after home swept to the joy of the River lovers inside the Estadio Monumental in Lima from Matias Suarez’s pull-back in the 14th minute.
The 24-year-old Colombian was then inches away from making it 2-0 with a strike from 25 yards out.
In the space of a couple moments, Flamengo’s best chances came until the equaliser when Barbosa had a shot blocked and Everton Ribeiro’s follow up was properly held by protagonist Franco Armani.
Then came the fightback. Barbosa timed his run to operate into the square chunk of Bruno Henrique ahead of the striker on loan from Inter Milan flipped and twisted the defence at the penalty box.
There was still time to get 2 cards in the final few seconds, using Exequiel Palacios shipped off for kicking on Bruno Henrique while he was on the ground before the two-goal hero of Flamengo was shipped off for applause.
The final of the largest club soccer competition, which started life in 1960 of South America, was moved to the city because of social unrest in the funding of Chile from Santiago.
This was the first time since 1988 that the tournament was determined in a game.
Supporters from both sides busy its streets in their tens of thousands with reports stating some River enthusiasts went the 2,500 miles from Buenos Aires to Lima by buses.
Should they reach the last 21 28, flamengo have qualified for the 2019 Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar and will face European champions Liverpool.