Three-time champion! Palmeiras beats Flamengo and conquers Libertadores for the third time in their history
On November 27, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras won the Copa Libertadores da América for the third time in its history, by beating rival Flamengo by 2-1 in overtime, in a single game in Montevideo, Uruguay. The audience and income of the fans who attended the Centenário stadium were not disclosed.
Verdão had already won the most important competition on the South American continent in 1999 and 2020, and now joins São Paulo, Grêmio and Santos as the only Brazilians to win the tournament in three occasions.
The final against Flamengo was close. The game ended 1-1 and had to go into overtime. In regular time, Raphael Veiga opened the scoring for the team from São Paulo, and Gabigol tied for the cariocas. In the first stage of extra time Deyverson scored the title goal
Libertadores 2021 took place between February 23 and November 27 and had 47 participating teams from ten countries affiliated to the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), the organizers of the tournament. Palmeiras, having been the current champion, had already entered the tournament in the group stage.
Brazilian football has diminished Argentina’s lead in the number of tournament achievements after this season. Now, the Argentines follow with 25 cups against 21 of the Brazilians.
Porco earned $15 million for the title, while vice Fla took $6 million home. Palmeiras entered the field with Weverton, Mayke, Gustavo Gómez, Luan, Piquerez, Danilo, Zé Rafael, Gustavo Scarpa, Raphael Veiga, Dudu and Rony. Portuguese coach Abel Ferreira also placed Gabriel Menino, Felipe Melo, Patrick de Paula, Danilo Barbosa and Deyverson.
With the achievement, Palmeiras guaranteed a place in the FIFA Club World Cup, to be played in February of next year. They also won the right to compete in the Copa Sudamericana 2022 cup, against Athletico-PR – winner of the Copa Sudamericana – on February 23rd and March 2nd, 2022.
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Palmeiras route to becoming champions
Check out all the clashes that led Palmeiras to win the Copa Libertadores for the third time in their rich history in the table below:
|1||Universitario (PER) 2×3 Palmeiras||Group stage|
|2||Palmeiras 5×0 Del Valle (EQU)||Fase de grupos|
|3||Defensa y Justicia (ARG) 1×2 Palmeiras||Group stage|
|4||Del Valle (EQU) 0x1 Palmeiras||Group stage|
|5||Palmeiras 3×4 Defensa y Justicia (ARG)||Group stage|
|6||Palmeiras 6×0 Universitario (PER)||Group stage|
|7||Universidad Católica (CHI) 0x1 Palmeiras||Round of 16|
|8||Palmeiras 1×0 Universidad Católica (CHI)||Round of 16|
|8||Palmeiras 1×0 Universidad Católica (CHI)||Quarter final|
|9||São Paulo 1×1 Palmeiras||Quarter final|
|10||Palmeiras 3×0 São Paulo||Quarter final|
|11||Palmeiras 0x0 Atlético-MG||Semifinal|
|12||Atlético-MG 1×1 Palmeiras||Semifinal|
|13||Palmeiras 2×1 Flamengo||Final|
Libertadores 2021 numbers and trivia
Check the numbers and trivia of the 62nd edition of the Copa Libertadores da América in the list below:
- Participants: 47 teams;
- Goals scored: 423 goals;
- Matches played: 155 matches;
- Average of goals: 2.73 goals per match;
- Top scorer: Gabigol do Flamengo (11 goals);
- More assists: Arrascaeta do Flamengo (6 passes for goal);
- Best attack: Palmeiras (20 goals);
- Biggest rout: Palmeiras 6×0 Universitario (PER) in the group stage;
- Largest audience: Flamengo 2×0 Barcelona (EQU) at Maracanã (22 thousand people)
- Smaller audience: Palmeiras 3×4 Defensa y Justicia (ARG) at Allianz Parque (200 people);
- Average audience of the competition: 7,531 people per match.
The 2022 Copa Libertadores de América is already set to start: February 8th. So far, Palmeiras, Athletico-PR, Atlético-MG, Flamengo and Corinthians are the Brazilian teams confirmed in the tournament. So, who will be the grand champion of the most prestigious competition in South America next year?