Passion, emotion, Copa Libertadores
Photographs from the biggest game in South American club football
Two late goals from Gabriel Barbosa, popularly called Gabigol, helped Flamengo win the Copa Libertadores - South America's most important club title -- for the first time in 38 years. They beat defending champions, River Plate, 2-1 after an astonishing comeback at the majestic Estadio Monumental in Lima.
River were dominant for most parts of the match and took the lead through Rafael Borré after 14 minutes and looked to be cruising to their fifth Libertadores triumph. However, Barbosa, Gabigol who is on loan from Internazionale, finished from close range with a minute left and then rifled home from 15 metres in added time to secure the historic victory.
Barbosa was sent off in the dying moments, along with Exequiel Palacios of River Plate, in a chaotic finish. The result gave Flamengo only their second Copa Libertadores and means they will represent South America in the Club World Cup in Qatar in December. The first single-match final of the Copa was moved from Santiago to the Peruvian capital because of street protests in Chile.
Flamengo, who have established full-backs Felipe Luis and Rafinha in their ranks, will win the Brazilian championship on Sunday if second-placed Palmeiras fail to beat Gremio.
They came into the final on the back of a 26-game unbeaten run but appeared overawed by the situation. River Plate seldom looked like losing their lead as they outplayed Flamengo before their unlikely late comeback.