Copa Libertadores: Flamengo beat River Plate with two late goals

Gabriel Barbosa scored twice in a stunning final five minutes because Flamengo came from a goal down to beat River Plate and acquire their first Copa Libertadores title since 1981.
After home spanned from Matias Suarezs pull-back in the 14th minute to the delight of the River fans in the 80,000-capacity Estadio Monumental at Lima the Brazilian leaders were second best for much of the game.
The Colombian was inches away from making it 2-0 with a sweet strike from 25 yards out.
Until the equaliser, Flamengos best chances came in the area of a couple moments protagonist Franco Armani up properly held Everton Ribeiros follow and when Barbosa had a shot blocked.
Then came the late fightback. Barbosa timed his run to perfection to operate into Bruno Henrique chunk prior to the striker on loan from Inter Milan turned and twisted the defence at the penalty box to slot at a 92nd-minute winner.
There was still time to get two cards at the last seconds, with Exequiel Palacios shipped off to kicking Bruno Henrique while he was on the floor before Flamengos two-goal hero was shipped off for amusing applause.
The closing of the biggest club soccer competition, which began life in 1960 of South America, has been transferred from Santiago to the Peruvian city because of societal unrest from the funding of Chile.
This is the first time since 1988 that the tournament was determined at a one off game.
With reports stating the 2,500 miles travelled to Lima, its streets were busy by supporters from both sides before the game in their tens of thousands.
If they reach the closing 21 December flamengo have qualified for the 2019 Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar and could face European champions Liverpool.

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