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Brazil: Rio erupts as Flamengo win Copa Libertadores after 38 years02:09

Brazil: Rio erupts as Flamengo win Copa Libertadores after 38 years

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
November 24, 2019 at 07:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of Flamengo fans took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday after their side were crowned Copa Libertadores champions for the first time since 1981.

Flamengo defeated Buenos Aires outfit River Plate in the final 2-1 after a dramatic comeback with two goals from player Gabigol on 43 and 46 minutes into the second half. The match was held as a one-off occasion for the first time in the competition’s history.

Footage shows the proud Flamengo's supporters celebrating in the bars surrounding Maracana stadium, singing the team's anthem, copying Gabigol's famous arms pose and teasing the biggest team's rival, Vasco da Gama.

Nationwide protests in Chile forced the organisers to abandon plans to hold the final in Santiago and instead move it to Lima, which played host to thousands of fans from across Argentina and Brazil.

Last year's match became chaotic following running battles between rival River and Boca Juniors fans in Buenos Aires, forcing the game to move to Madrid, which saw River crowned continental champions.

Brazil: Rio erupts as Flamengo win Copa Libertadores after 38 years02:09
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Thousands of Flamengo fans took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday after their side were crowned Copa Libertadores champions for the first time since 1981.

Flamengo defeated Buenos Aires outfit River Plate in the final 2-1 after a dramatic comeback with two goals from player Gabigol on 43 and 46 minutes into the second half. The match was held as a one-off occasion for the first time in the competition’s history.

Footage shows the proud Flamengo's supporters celebrating in the bars surrounding Maracana stadium, singing the team's anthem, copying Gabigol's famous arms pose and teasing the biggest team's rival, Vasco da Gama.

Nationwide protests in Chile forced the organisers to abandon plans to hold the final in Santiago and instead move it to Lima, which played host to thousands of fans from across Argentina and Brazil.

Last year's match became chaotic following running battles between rival River and Boca Juniors fans in Buenos Aires, forcing the game to move to Madrid, which saw River crowned continental champions.

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