Palmeiras ratified its status as Latin American leader by winning for the second time in a row the Libertadores Cup after defeating 2-1 to Flamengo. In this way, Palmeiras already forms part of the list of Brazilian teams that were consecrated three times champions: San Pablo, Guild and Saints.
The stadium Centennial of Montevideo dressed up for a unique party. On the one hand, Palmeiras, winner of the regional tournament in 2020. On the other, Flamengo, champion in 2019. A team from São Paulo against another from Rio. Which is to say a clash between the soccer of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. A duel of styles. Flamengo had not lost to Palmeiras in the last five games. But in a final of the Libertadores it is played differently. He who makes a mistake pays it. And so it happened at the beginning with Flamengo. Six minutes: the Verdao he took advantage of a bewilderment from the defense. Neither David Luiz neither Felipe Luiz, two international stars, were reliable in those circumstances. Mayque saw the crack and enabled Raphael veiga. The goalkeeper Diego alves he had nothing to do.
From the advantage, the predictable happened. Palmeiras he gathered in his field to wait for the opponent and surprise him in speed with a counterattack. His coach, the Portuguese Abel ferreiraHe had anticipated it: in a clash of this nature, “30% is tactical” and the rest, the result of collective intelligence to apply it. The paulistas were faithful to this most speculative script. At 9 and 28 minutes he was close to increasing differences. Flamengo could not find the way to disturb Weverton, except for a very clear occasion at 42 minutes that Giorgian de Arrascaeta could not define in front of the goalkeeper.
The cariocas went out to kill or die as soon as the complement began by order of Renato Gaucho. Gabigol he escaped only to the right. Closed it Gustavo Gomez when he was getting ready to finish. At 52 minutes, Palmeiras disturbed Flamengo. The Uruguayan Joaquin Piquerez he connected with Rony, who fired from 30 meters. Alves had to make an effort so that the ball did not enter the goal. The party won in drama. Fla he accentuated the pressure. The Weverton drew the tie from David Luiz. Seven minutes later, he had it Bruno henrique. Everton Ribeiro He failed to consolidate his role as conductor and was replaced by the skilled Michael. The prize so sought after by the Cariocas arrived before the half hour arrived. From Arrascaeta left alone Gabigol and, this time, he did not forgive: 1-1. From minute 75 another game was played.
The extra 30 minutes
Palmeiras he felt the emotional impact and the exhaustion. Michael he missed the second and the possibility of avoiding the 30-minute stretch. It was a very high price that he paid. But nothing would compare to the tremendous mistake of Andreas pereira who gave the ball to Deyverson, who had replaced Veiga, to put things 2-1 in favor of the paulistas just started the additional 30 minutes. Miracle in Montevideo. Flamengo tried to overcome the unexpected adversity. The minutes ran without being able to turn the result. Palmeiras only let the hands of the clock run, waiting for the most dreamed and long-suffering celebration.
The brand new champion of the Libertadores has obtained 15 million dollars and his ticket for the next Club World Cup to be held in January in the United Arab Emirates. They were already classified Chelsea, Monterrey, Al-Hilal, Al-Ahly, Auckland City and Al-Jazira.