Brazil’s Fluminense beat Argentina’s Boca Juniors 2-1 after extra time to win the Copa Libertadores on Saturday thanks to John Kennedy’s 99th-minute goal at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Kennedy’s unstoppable shot gave Fluminense the winner in extra time, though two minutes later the forward was sent off for excessive celebrations after receiving his second yellow card.
Fluminense’s Fernando Diniz, who is also Brazil’s interim coach, finally delivered the elusive trophy – the equivalent to Europe’s Champions League – for a team who lost the 2008 final.
Jorge Almiron (52) has left his role as head coach of Boca Juniors, the Argentine side announced late on Sunday, a day after the club lost the Copa Libertadores final to Brazil’s Fluminense.
Almiron was appointed by Boca in April, following the departure of Argentine compatriot Hugo Ibarra. Boca sit seventh in the Primera Division after 27 matches, 17 points behind leaders and long-time rivals River Plate.
Veteran Brazilian defender Marcelo (35) hailed the Copa Libertadores title he won with boyhood club Fluminense on Saturday as the biggest of his career, ahead of the Champions League trophies he lifted with Real Madrid.
The Brazilian team claimed its first title in the CONMEBOL South American club competition for the first time in its history after beating Argentina’s Boca Juniors 2-1 in extra time.
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