A goal from Gabigol gives Flamengo its third Copa Libertadores

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A goal by Gabigol gives Flamengo its third Copa Libertadores

The Flamengoconquered this Saturday in Guayaquil (Ecuador) the third Copa Libertadores in its history by beating Athletico Paranaense in the final 1-0 with a goal from striker Gabriel Barbosa ' Gabigol', who passed He is set to be the top Brazilian scorer in the tournament, tied on 29 goals with Luizao.

The carioca team joined so He joined the three-time Brazilian champions, where Sao Paulo, Palmeiras, Gremio and Santos are also present, and at the same time he deprived Paranaense to win their first Libertadores, with which the team from Curitiba added and lost two finals of the competition after the one in 2005.

As was the case in 2019 with his two goals in the final against River Plate, 'Gabigol' returned to give a Libertadores to Flamengo and scored for the third time in a final, as he also scored a goal in the 2021 loss against Palmeiras.

This final was decided in the last minutes of the first half, and in the consequent aggregate. In that part of the match, the central defender Pedro Henrique left Paranaense with ten players when seeing two yellow cards in nine minutes, and 'Gabigol' took advantage of it. of that psychological blow to finish sinking 'Furacao'.

The expulsion changes everything

Until minute 43, Athletico had fully controlled the game . He was the owner of the center of the field and had not allowed 'Mengao' to generate a single clear goal scoring opportunity for him, but then the 'Mengao' came. The expulsion of Pedro Henrique in a hard tackle on Ayrton Lucas a few meters from the area.

There the Curitiba team began He was about to lose the final, since after the expulsion, the coach Luiz Felipe Scolari preferred to win. wait until the break to restructure the team with a change, and in the added time the team arrived. the first goal of 'Fla'.

In a play of tyrannical lines between Everton Ribeiro and Rodinei on the right flank, the Flamengo captain put in a dream cross for 'Gabigol' to shoot at will into the net at the far post, which unleashed ; the delirium of the more than 15,000 fans of the 'Red and Black Nation' present at the Monumental Stadium in Guayaquil.

Perhaps at that time it was too much of a prize for the team from Rio de Janeiro, which in its third final in four years of the Copa Libertadores had come out with the tranquility of a team accustomed to these big events, and wanted to cook the match at slow fire, aware that the finals are not won in the first stages of the game.

Scolari's risks

On the other hand, Paranaense had immediately shown their teeth in the first minutes to try to put some nerves in his body, with a cross shot by Vítor Roque and a play where Vitinho stole the ball. the ball to David Luiz and finished off the ball. almost no angle to the body of the flamenco goalkeeper Santos.

The second half suggested that Flamengo would go on the attack to seal the final and they did not disappoint, because in the first few minutes they were close to scoring the second goal in a one-on-one between 'Gabigol' and the goalkeeper Bento and a poisoned shot by Pedro that went over the crossbar.

Then Scolari put all the meat on the grill to try to equalize and was about to achieve it with a point-blank shot from the striker Uruguayan Agustín Canobbio, but the epic was not on the side of 'Furacao' this time.

Technical sheet:

Flamengo: Saints; Rodinei, David Luiz, Léo Pereira, Filipe Luis (m.20, Ayrton Lucas); Joao Gomes, Thiago Maia (m.71, Arturo Vidal), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (m.84, Vítor Hugo); Everton Ribeiro, Gabriel Barbosa 'Gabigol' (d.84, Everton 'Cebolinha') and Pedro.

Athletico Paranaense: Bento; Khellven, Pedro Henrique, Thiago Heleno, Abner; Fernandinho, Vítor Bueno (m.57, Agustín Canobbio), Hugo Moura (m.75, David Terans), Álex Santana (m.46, Matheus Felipe); Vitinho (m.57, Rómulo) and Vítor Roque (m.66, Pablo).

Goal: 1-0, m.50+: 'Gabigol '.