The all-Brazilian Copa Libertadores final was climaxed in a spectacular fashion as Palmeiras emerged as the runaway winners in Saturday's clash. The Verdao fought right till the end to secure a 2-1 win over rivals Flamengo after extra-time, winning the competition for the second-time in succession and becoming the first club to do so in 20 years.
It was an action-packed finale right from start to finish with Palmeiras taking the lead in Montevideo after just five minutes, thanks to Raphael Veiga. A counterattack began by Gustavo Gómez found Mayke on the right flank, who was played onside by former Chelsea and Arsenal defender David Luiz, and Veiga put the low cross past Diego Alves in the Flamengo post.
On the contrary, Flamengo's equalizing goal came in the 72nd minute, courtesy of Gabriel Barbosa. The 25 years old forward, who netted both goals for Jorge Jesus' Flamengo side in the 2019 final win over River Plate, was the man that Giorgian de Arrascaeta set up to put the ball past Weverton from close range. With the two sides locked in stalemates after 90 minutes, the game was forced into extra-time and it did not take long for it to be turned on its head.
Just as it was the case in the opening five minutes, Palmeiras got the chance to edge their Brazilian counterparts inside the first five minutes of the extra-time. Flamengo's Andreas Pereira, who is on loan at the club from Manchester United, slipped and game the ball away. Substitute Deyverson then collected it and calmly beat Alves to score the goal that eventually decided the clash.
With the result, Palmeiras' Portuguese coach, Abel Ferreira, became the first European to win the Libertadores twice. Back in January, he led the Whites and Green to beat Santos in the same competition. It's also the first time a team has successfully defended the Libertadores championship since Boca Juniors in 2001, with Palmeiras becoming the seventh Brazilian club to win it since 2010.
Palmeiras' Libertadores title win also qualifies them for this year's Club World Cup. They will feature alongside Chelsea, Al Hilal, Al Ahly, Monterrey, Auckland City and Al Jazira Club. The draw for the competition is scheduled for Monday, December 29.