In an attractive match, the final of the Copa Libertadores was stretched to extension. Palmeiras and Flamengo drew 1-1 in regulation time, so the definition was stretched until extra time. Finally, the victory – and the title – went to the São Paulo team, after a serious mistake by defender Andreas Pereira that made it easier for Deyverson to score the winning goal 2-1.
There were four minutes into the first overtime when Andreas Pereira received a back pass from David Luiz. The Belgian-born footballer mishandled the ball and lost to heavy pressure from Deyverson. The one from Flamengo was thrown on the floor while his rival went at full speed in the direction of the goal and was hand in hand with Diego Alves. The Palmeiras attacker did not hesitate: he defined low and, although the ball was slightly deflected in the body of the goalkeeper, the shot was destined for the net. It was 2-1 that unleashed the madness of the Verdao fans in the stands of the Centenario stadium in Montevideo.
But, who is the 25-year-old player whose failure defined the final of the Copa Libertadores? Andreas Pereira is the son of a former Brazilian footballer and was born in Belgium, while his father played in that country. Since he was a boy, he was wanted by various clubs in England, but he finally signed for Manchester United in 2011. His official debut with the Red Devils was in 2014, but he never managed to settle and two years later he began to be given loans to different clubs. First he went to Granada, then to Valencia and finally he played a season at Lazio. In 2021 he arrived in Flamengo with a loan until mid-2022, when he must return to England.
Despite that mistake that he will surely go over in his head over and over again, Andreas Pereira had an acceptable performance. Coach Renato Gaúcho decided to remove him five minutes into the second half of overtime so that Pedro could enter in his place. The television cameras managed to reflect the gesture of disappointment on the midfielder’s face, saddened by that action in which he had an unfortunate role.
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With this 2-1 victory against Flamengo, Palmeiras became champion of the Copa Libertadores for the third time in its history and for the second consecutive edition. Raphael Veiga opened the account in the first half and Gabigol equalized the score in the complement. Already in the extension, the aforementioned Deyverson goal gave the title to Verdao.