River Plate Vs Flamengo: 2019 Copa Libertadores Final Match Will Be An Unforgettable Clash
Copa Libertadores Final Matchup: River Plate Vs. Flamengo
After more than 300 minutes of world-class soccer, this year’s Copa Libertadores final matchup has been decided.
The tournament’s reigning champions, River Plate, will match up against one of Brazil’s most powerful clubs, Flamengo. The final game will take place in Santiago, Chile, on November 23rd in the first-ever one-match final.
Every previous Copa Libertadores final consisted of a home and an away game. However, FIFA’s efforts to unify tournament calendars around the world helped CONMEBOL have single match finals. Copa Libertadores finals will have the same setup as the Champions League in Europe and other continental championships around the world.
Leading Up To The Copa Libertadores Final
This year’s final will be between current champions River Plate and Brazil’s historic Flamengo. They are also at the top of their local league.
Controversy Surrounding River Plate’s Victory
River Plate reached one of the most controversial championship games of all time last year against all-time local foe Boca Juniors. After a tied game that was delayed twice due to rain at Boca Juniors stadium, River Plate hosted the second leg of the final at their stadium.
During the pre-match activities, Boca Junior’s bus was attacked by River Plate’s fans. Players were injured, the game was canceled, postponed, and ended up being played in Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Marcelo Gallardo still manages River Plate. This may have helped them reach the final after knocking out Boca Juniors. This comes after the two-game semifinal with a global score of 2-1.
Flamengo Dominated In The Semi-Finals
Flamengo was able to knock out Porto Alegre’s Gremio in the other bracket of the tournament’s semifinals. The first game was a 1-1 tie that gave Flamengo a slight advantage. This was similar to their second final in the Copa’s history back in 1981.
During the second leg of the semifinal at home in the mythical Maracaná Stadium, Flamengo delivered a devastating 5-0 score. This gave them an overall 6-1 score, moving them into the Copa Libertadores final game.
How The Copa Libertadores Final Will Be Played
According to the tournament’s new unprecedented format, the final game is scheduled to take place in Chile’s Estadio Nacional in the capital city of Santiago.
However, local authorities and FIFA officials are considering moving the final’s date due to unrest and the violent protests taking place in Santiago.
This year’s Copa Libertadores final game will, without a doubt, be historic. This epic game will be a fantastic chance to place a soccer bet.