Fluminense crash out of the Copa Libertadores: Silva scores in stoppage time to break Flu hearts
Fluminense crashed out of the Copa Libertadores in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday night, as Sanitago Silva scored in stoppage time to give Boca Juniors a 2-1 aggregate win.
Having lost the first leg 1-0, the Tricolor Carioca needed to overturn a one-goal deficit in order to advance into the semi-finals where they would have faced either Libertad or Universidad de Chile.
Fluminense immediately put Boca Juniors on the back foot at the Engenhão and after just 17 minutes of play, the referee awarded the Rio side a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Thiago Carleto stepped up to strike the ball, and the former Valencia full-back's effort went straight into the wall but a wicked deflection saw it sneak into the bottom corner of the net.
Flu continued to play with a high level of intensity for the remainder of the first-half, but despite dominating possession, Abel Braga's men struggled to create any clear cut goalscoring opportunities.
After the interval, Fluminense looked as if they had run out of gas and Boca Juniors started to enjoy more of the ball. Flu did, however, have the chance to get that much needed goal that would send them into the semi-finals ten minutes from time, but Rafael Moura hesitated to finish off Thiago Neves' flicked on header at the back post.
The game looked as if it was heading for penalties, but a swift break from Boca saw Diego Rivero arrive with the ball in hosts box. The Argentine forward struck his effort against the far post and Diego Cavalieri was there to palm the ball away. However, unfortunately for the former Liverpool goalkeeper, he played the ball straight to Santiago Silva, who made no mistake in tapping in the rebound much to the delight of the travelling supporters.
FLUMINENSE: Diego Cavalieri; Bruno, Gum, Ânderson, Thiago Carleto; Edinho, Jean, Thiago Neves, Wagner (Wellington Nem); Rafael Moura, Rafael Sóbis (Marcos Júnior)
BOCA JUNIORS: Orion; Roncaglia, Schiavi, Inssauralde, Clemente Rodríguez; Rivero, Erbes (Sanchez Miño), Riquelme, Erviti (Caruzzo); Cvitanich (Mouche), Santiago Silva