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Flamengo beat Ecuador's Barcelona to reach Libertadores final

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador : Flamengo will face fellow Brazilian club Palmeiras in the Copa Libertadores final after winning 2-0 at Ecuador's Barcelona on Wednesday to wrap up their semi-final 4-0 on aggregate.

It will be the second all-Brazilian final in a row for the tournament, which is regarded as South America's version of Europe's Champions League. Flamengo won the title in 2019 and Palmeiras lifted the 2020 trophy.

Barcelona started the better of the two sides and overall had more shots on goal and more possession.

But Bruno Henrique, the former Santos and Wolfsburg striker who got Flamengo’s goals in their first leg at the Maracana stadium, was outstanding for the visitors and got both goals again.

He struck in the 18th minute when he took a pass from Everton Ribeiro and rounded the keeper to score.

The same pair combined again four minutes into the second half when Ribeiro’s pass across goal left his partner with the simplest of tap-ins.

It was Flamengo’s 17th Libertadores match without defeat over 90 minutes, a run that stretches back more than a year.

The final is scheduled for Montevideo on Nov. 27.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie in London; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Source: Reuters

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