FIFA Club World Cup 2019 – News – Flamengo end drought to set-up continental decider against River

  • Flamengo rout Gremio in Rio
  • Club’s first continental final since 1981
  • Winner of Flamengo-River Plate to feature at Club World Cup

Flamengo will face River Plate in the 2019 Copa Libertadores final after outlasting Gremio in all-Brazilian semi-final on Wednesday.

It will be a first continental decider for the Rio de Janeiro side since their famed Zico-inspired side of 1981.

Flamengo started with a slim advantage after earning a 1-1 draw at Gremio three weeks ago, but the tie firmly in their grasp early in the second half.

Bruno Henrique netted just before the break and Gabriel Barbosa had a double within 11 of the restart, while further strikes from Pablo Mari and Rodrigo Caio sending a delirious Maracana into overdrive.

River Plate held strong during a tense finale on Tuesday for a 2-1 aggregate victory over Boca Juniors, despite suffering a 1-0 second-leg defeat at La Bombonera.

The winner will represent South America at December’s FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™.

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