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Flamengo wins Copa Libertadores against River Plate

Saturday, 23.11.2019
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Flamengo has won the Copa Libertadores for the first time in 43 years. In the final of the biggest club competition in South America, the Brazilians defeated the Argentine counterpart River Plate, who had taken the trophy in the previous year, late 2: 1 (0: 1).

  

It was still close to the end of regular time, when the final took place in the Estadio Monumental in the Peruvian capital Lima in front of about 50,000 spectators a turn. Rafael Santos Borré's 14th-minute lead had kept River Plate up against a strong opponent. But shortly before the end of the game, a frivolous ball loss led the Argentinians to a counterattack, the inter-loan Gabriel Barbosa used to equalize (89). A few minutes later Barbosa fueled through the opposing defense and scored the late winning goal (90 + 2).

  
However, the goalkeeper no longer experienced the final whistle in the field. First, River Plates Exequiel saw a red card for a foul, then Barbosa was not in control and was also red due to an attack.

  

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The Champions League had already won Rafinha, now the biggest club competition of his home continent

  River Plate missed his fifth title win, Flamengo crowned for the first time since its success in 1981 with the legendary Zico again the winner of the Copa Libertadores. In the current squad were two former Bundesliga professionals: Rafinha played from the outset on the right defense, Diego was a substitute in the 66th minute. For the first time in the 60-year history of the Cup, the winner was determined in just one game.

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