With the Boca Juniors and Fluminense, two greats of South American football faced each other in the final. It is remarkable that Boca has already won the Copa Libertadores 6 times and Fluminense has never won until today.
Between the lines we saw many familiar names appear for the followers of European football: Sergio Romero (ex-Manchester United) and Edinson Cavani (ex-PSG, among others) at Boca, Marcelo (ex-Real Madrid), Felipe Melo ( ex-Inter) and Marlon (ex-Barcelona) at Fluminense.
An additional asset for Fluminense was the home advantage. Rio de Janeiro’s mythical Maracana stadium was of course packed with frenzied fans.
They reached boiling point for the first time when attackers Keno and Cano scored the 1-0 for Fluminense, a goal that was only erased by Advincula by the Argentinians 20 minutes before the end.
A book could almost be written about the endless extensions. John Kennedy (full name John Kennedy Batista de Souza) scored as a substitute with a scorching strike, but he had forgotten that he already had a yellow card behind his name.
The later match winner celebrated a little too enthusiastically with the home fans and paid for it with a second yellow card.
In one of the many upheavals and discussions that would follow, Boca also fell with ten. The Colombian Fabra was immediately sent off.
Fluminense ultimately had the best chance to score a goal. The joy after the final whistle was enormous. Tears fell freely on the field and in the stands, in both camps.