Globallookpress Nayra Halm
The Brazilian Flamengo came a long way towards reaching the final of the Copa Libertadores, the parallel in South America to the European Champions League, after beating Ecuadorean Barcelona 2-0 on Wednesday in the first leg of the semi-final.
At the famous “Maracana” stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Flamengo, champion of the 2019 edition, settled a one-sided match in its first half, after veteran striker Bruno Henrique scored two goals (21 and 38).
While Atletico Mineiro and defending champion Palmeiras compete in the second semi-final (0-0 in the first leg), the chances of two Brazilian teams qualifying for the final for the second year in a row increased after Palmeiras won at the expense of Santos in the 2020 edition.
The return match will be held on Wednesday in Guayaquil.
For the first time since the establishment of this most important continental competition for South American clubs in 1960, three clubs from one country qualified for the semi-finals. In 1966, the Argentine clubs River Plate, Boca Juniors and Independiente of Argentina went to the final stage, but at that time the matches were played according to the group system and not by knockout.
The final will be held on November 27 in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, at the Centenario Stadium.