By Samindra Kunti of Montevideo, Uruguay
November 28 – Substitute Deyverson’s impressive goal in extra time, Palmeiras beat Flamengo 2-1 to win the Copa Libertadores and win the title for the third time in the club’s history.
Palmeiras coach Abel Ferreira had a plan. Flamengo coach Renato Gaucho, contrary to his own claims, did not do so. The Portuguese player thought and maneuvered his Brazilian counterpart. “In football, it’s much easier to destroy than to create,” Renato Gaucho said in his post-final press conference. “When you play a team like Palmeiras and sit back, it becomes more difficult.”
But what did Renato Gaucho expect? Under Ferreira, Palmeiras’ DNA defended resiliently. Once again, he used a five-back defense, with Gustavo Scarpa, an attacking midfielder, stepping back in defense. In the semi-finals, a five-man defender held off Atletico Mineiro, the awaited Brazilian champions, and the formula for success once again worked wonders against Flamengo.
In the fifth minute, the Sao Paulo club took control when Mayke exploited space behind Filipe Luis to pass the ball to Raphael Veiga, 1-0. It was a horrifying goal for Flamengo, conceding both Luis and David Luiz. Tormented, the giant Rio struggled to respond. As always, Palmeiras emphasizes teamwork, defending deeply and denying the opponent’s space. Flamengo’s all-star team has shed some light.
Too many Flamengo players were second to the sharper and more tenacious Palmeiras. In the first half, Flamengo’s often battered back four, a legacy from the time of Jorge Jesus, barely tested Palmeiras goalkeeper Weverton, but Gabigol still managed to equalize in the 72nd minute after a double cross. with Giorgian De Arrascaeta. Palmeiras’ goalkeeper made a heavy mistake in the equalizer, failing to protect his post.
However, Flamengo has never been the stormy team they could have been. At no point was the Rio club really up to speed. Flamengo didn’t have a proper plan. Ferreira was amused by his opponent’s helplessness, seeing the game as a complicated game, which he would eventually win.
In extra time, Andreas Perreira, on loan from Manchester United, started, highlighting Flamengo’s defensive weakness, and his replacement Deyverson helped Palmeiras win a second South American title in a row. for the third time in the club’s history. Palmeiras also won the 1999 Copa Libertadores, defeating Deportivo Cali on penalties. In last season’s final against Santos, Palmeiras also needed extra time to prevail.
But despite Palmeiras’ victory, Ferreira remained on earth. Recalling previous concerns and pointing out that he needed to think about his future at Palmeiras, he said: “The Brazilian calendar is crazy and inhumane.” His team played their 105th game in 387 days against Flamengo.
Gabigol said: “Flamengo got to the final thanks to his work, against a great team. Finally turn on a detail. Our motivation is always to be the champion. It hurts a lot. We will come back to life and come back.”
Whether Renato Gaucho will return as Flamengo coach is highly questionable. After the loss, the Flamengo coach burst into tears in the dressing room and in the team hotel. Club Rio ended the season without a title after strengthening the squad with David Luiz, Kennedy and Andreas Perreira. “Unfortunately, only winners are good in Brazil,” lamented Renato Gaucho at a press conference.
Palmeiras will receive $15 million in prize money from the finals and a total of $22.5 million from the entire competition. The club will represent South America at the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. In the most recent edition, the Brazilian team lost to Mexico’s Tigres in the semi-finals.
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