Palmeiras defeated Santos 1-0 in the all-Brazilian final of the Copa Libertadores, played at the Maracana. For the first time in 21 years, Palmeiras triumphed in the race. The team last won the South American equivalent of the Champions League in 1999, winning the trophy at the time in the club’s history.
The great hero for Palmeiras became Breno, who nailed the winning goal in the door of Santos deep in added time.
In the final seconds before the final referee signal, emotions peaked, quite typical of the Copa Libertadores tournament.
In the first half, both teams played stiffly, which was completely logical given the big bet of the match. Serious goal positions were missing. Tactical stretching and the battle in the center of the field prevailed. Both teams seemed to feel the ground and patiently waited for their chance in case of a blunder of the opponent.
The best opportunity to score before the break was in front of Palmeiras in the 37th minute, when Veiga sent the ball past the left side post. The denouement remained for the second half and then both teams had their chances to grab the precious victory.
In the 58th minute Alison was found with a cross in the penalty area, but his header from close range did not find the target.
The favorite to win the trophy, according to preliminary expectations, Santos raised the revs in the final minutes of regular time and shook more actively. In the 77th minute Pituka made a shot from a long distance, but the goalkeeper of Palmeiras Weverton intervened great.
In added time, the head coach of Santos Kuka was sent off with a direct red card after catching a ball coming in a side throw and trying his best to stop the opponent’s quick attack by colliding with a Palmeiras player.
Seconds later, the joy was for Palmeiras, after Breno managed to write his name in the history of his club and the Copa Libertadores tournament, scoring the only goal in the match. He scored from a difficult position to become a hero for Palmeiras.