Palmeiras retain Copa Libertadores title

Palmeiras have successfully defended their Copa Libertadores title after beating Flamengo 2-1 in an all-Brazilian final that went to extra-time.

The champions opened the scoring at Centenario Stadium in Montevideo through Raphael Veiga early.

Flamengo levelled in the second half thanks to Gabriel Barbosa.

Substitute Deyverson netted the winner in the first half of extra-time.

Palmeiras became the first team since Boca Juniors 20 years ago to win back-to-back titles.

A counter attack started by defender Gustavo Gomez found right back Mayke free and onside thanks to Flamengo defender David Luiz.

Mayke’s low cross reached Veiga, and he put it past goalkeeper Diego Alves in the sixth minute.

Flamengo didn’t level until the 72nd, courtesy of its their top scorer.

Assisted by Giorgian de Arrascaeta, the man nicknamed Gabigol and better known as Gabi, scored from close range against goalkeeper Weverton, who was not quick enough to block the shot.

Gabi scored both Flamengo goals in the 2-1 final win against River Plate in their second and most recent Copa triumph in 2019.

The 1-1 result was fair at the end of regular time but it didn’t take long for Palmeiras to regain the upper hand.

A slip by Flamengo midfielder Andreas Pereira in the 95th made the difference.

Deyverson, who replaced a fatigued Veiga minutes before, carried the ball all by himself and calmly beat goalkeeper Alves.

Deyverson returned to Palmeiras in June after a loan to Alaves, and was in tears after his first goal in this Copa edition.

Brazil also contributed both finalists this week in the Copa Sudamericana, won by Athletico.

This year marked the first time all four finalists of both Copas came from the same country.

Palmeiras’ success was the eighth since 2010 for a Brazilian club.