Fluminense Triumphs 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 equalized 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.

Source: BBC