Boca Juniors 1-2 Fluminense (aet): Two sent off in dramatic Copa Libertadores final

Fluminense won the Copa Libertadores for the first time in their history by beating Boca Juniors in Saturday’s dramatic final.

Veteran forward German Cano opened the scoring for the Brazilians in the first half, sweeping home a first-time shot.

Luis Advincula equalised with a stunning strike from distance to take the game to extra time.

In the added period, substitute John Kennedy powered in the winner before he was sent off after a second booking.

The Brazilian forward, already on a yellow card, raced off to celebrate the historic strike in the crowd and was dismissed on his return to the pitch.

That left Fluminense needing to hold on with 10 men against six-time champions Boca Juniors, but the Argentines were also then reduced in number when Frank Fabra was dismissed for slapping Nino.

It added up to a feisty end to a game that had been simmering for a while before Fluminense’s extra-time winner.

The Brazilian side will now play in the Club World Cup in December in Saudi Arabia alongside Premier League and European champions Manchester City.

Extra time delivers the drama

Fluminense’s coach Fernando Diniz led the celebrations at full time

This was in essence a home game for Fluminense as the final took place in their stadium – Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana.

But Boca were backed by a sizeable support themselves with tens of thousands having travelled from Argentina.

The Copa Libertadores final – South America’s equivalent of Europe’s Champions League final – can often be a sparky affair, but on the pitch this one took a while to get going, before it exploded into life in a drama-filled and tense extra time.

Kennedy’s thunderous 18-yard finish for his goal was worthy of winning any final, as he powered an unstoppable drive into the back of the net.

His celebrations were ill-fated as the referee showed a second yellow card after he ventured into the crowd, and that gifted what appeared to be the perfect opportunity for Boca to make the most of a numerical advantage.

But as challenges became more robust, a clash between the two sets of players resulted in Fabra also being shown a red card after he struck Nino across the face.

That was a real blow to Boca’s hopes of taking the game to penalties and although they dominated possession, it was Fluminense who went closest to scoring again when Guga’s shot hit the post.

The showpiece match ended with a nerve-jangling last few minutes, but Fluminense held firm and the final whistle was met by huge celebrations on and off the pitch.

My most important club title – Marcelo

Marcelo joined Fluminense’s academy before making his professional debut in 2005

Former Brazil left-back Marcelo, 35, returned to his boyhood club in February after a short spell with Olympiakos which followed 16 seasons at Real Madrid.

Marcelo won five Champions League and six La Liga titles in an impressive trophy haul at Real.

He joins a group of 15 players including Ronaldinho, Neymar and Julian Alvarez to win both continental competitions.

“Real Madrid will understand. It’s my most important title, at club level, because it’s the club that raised me,” Marcelo, who was substituted at half-time, told ESPN.

“I’m winning a very important title with my favourite club, the club that gave me all the tools to have my career, with the employees who saw me grow up. There’s nothing more rewarding than that. It’s priceless.”

Fluminense’s German Cano lifts the Copa Libertadores trophyGerman Cano, who scored for Fluminense, hit as many goals in the competition this season as Boca’s players combined (13)Former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani plays for Boca JuniorsSubstitute John Kennedy scored in extra time and it proved to be the winnerBut Kennedy was sent off moments after celebrating his goalBoca Juniors suffered a third successive final defeat


Boca Juniors

Formation 4-4-2





1Romero17Advíncula4FigalBooked at 68minsSubstituted forValdezat 113’minutes15Valentini18FabraBooked at 105mins36MedinaSubstituted forTabordaat 105’minutes8Fernández21FernándezSubstituted forSaracchiat 105’minutesBooked at 120mins19BarcoSubstituted forLangoniat 78’minutesBooked at 94mins10CavaniBooked at 64minsSubstituted forBenedettoat 78’minutes16MerentielSubstituted forJansonat 90’minutesSubstitutes2Roncaglia3Saracchi9Benedetto11Janson13García20Ramírez23González25Valdez39Taborda41Langoni49Campuzano57Weigandt


Formation 4-2-3-1

1Lopes Maciel

2Xavier Brito33Mota Filho30Melo de Carvalho12Marcelo

8Lima7da Costa Neto

21Arias10Chagas de Lima11da Silva França


1Lopes Maciel2Xavier BritoSubstituted forRodrigues Gomesat 85’minutes33Mota FilhoBooked at 105mins30Melo de CarvalhoSubstituted forSantos da Silva Barbosaat 52’minutes12MarceloSubstituted forBarbosa Mendanhaat 80’minutes8LimaSubstituted forMoreira de Limaat 80’minutes7da Costa Neto21Arias10Chagas de LimaSubstituted forBatista de Souzaat 80’minutesBooked at 101mins11da Silva FrançaBooked at 67minsSubstituted forBraz de Oliveira Filhoat 103’minutes14CanoBooked at 120minsSubstitutes4Santos da Silva Barbosa5Gomes da Costa9Batista de Souza19Fernández20Sampaio Simões22de Faria Rangel23Rodrigues Gomes29dos Santos38González40Barbosa Mendanha44Braz de Oliveira Filho45Moreira de Lima

Referee:Wilmar Alexander Roldán Pérez



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