With Boca Juniors and Fluminense, two of the greats of South American football faced each other in the final. It is noteworthy that Boca has previously won the Copa Libertadores 6 times, and Fluminense has not won until today.
Between the lines we saw many familiar names appear for followers of European football: Sergio Romero (ex-Manchester United) and Edinson Cavani (ex-Paris Saint-Germain, among others) at Boca, Marcelo (ex-Real Madrid), Felipe Melo (ex-Real Madrid). – Inter) and Marlon (formerly Barcelona) in Fluminense.
An additional asset for Fluminense is their home advantage. Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Maracanã stadium was naturally full of rabid fans.
They reached boiling point for the first time when strikers Keino and Cano scored for Fluminense 1-0, a goal that was erased by an advincula by the Argentines 20 minutes from time.
It is almost possible to write a book about the endless expanses. John Kennedy (full name John Kennedy Batista de Souza) scored as a substitute with a powerful strike, but forgot that he already had a yellow card behind his name.
The winner of the last match celebrated wildly with the home team’s fans and paid for it by receiving a second yellow card.
In one of the many upheavals and debates that followed, Boca were also down with ten players. Colombian Fabra was sent off immediately.
Fluminense eventually had the best chance to score a goal. The joy after the final whistle was enormous. Tears fell freely on the pitch and in the stands in both camps.
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