The Copa Libertadores Final is the biggest football match in South America. Check out a preview of Saturday's big match and when and where to watch this all Brazilian clash live
The Copa Libertadores is the biggest South American club tournament on the continent, with teams from across the ten federations battling it out to be the CONMEBOL Libertadores champions and lift the famous trophy. With coverage of the Final live on BBC Iplayer and online at 8:00pm, this coming Saturday (28th November), we take a look at what this final has to offer.
The tournament has been dominated by sides from Argentina and Brazil over the years, with the 2021 final featuring two legendary Brazilian sides in Palmeiras and Flamengo, battling it out at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay. Both sides have won the tournament on two occasions, with Flamengo winning in 2019 and Palmeiras the current holders and champions, beating Santos 1-0
How They Reached The Final
Both sides came through the group stage with relative ease, with Palmeiras losing just one match and beating Peruvian side, Universitario 6-0 in one match, while Flamengo remained unbeaten and included a 4-1 win over Union La Calera of Chile
SInce beating Universidad Catolica of Chile in the First Knock-out stage, its been all-Brazilian match-ups for Palmeiras, as they eliminated Sao Paulo (4-1 agg) and then Atletico Mineiro on away goals
Flamengo have had to travel more than their rivals, but they have been in great form on the way, beating Defensa Y Justicia (Argentina) 5-1 on aggregate, along with a 9-2 win over Olimpia (Paraguay) and a 4-0 win over Barcelona (Ecuador) in the semi-final.
In terms of head to head form, Flamengo hold the ace card here, having not been beaten by Palmeiras in the last nine meetings, including four draws.
Palmeiras are managed by Portuguese manager, Abel Ferreira, with the team centred around the likes of midfielder Deyverson and former Shakhtar and Milan player, Luiz Adriano, while the now 38 year old, Felipe Melo continues to pull the strings in midfield
For Flamengo, football fans in the UK will recognise former Chelsea players in David Luiz and Felipe Luis, while upfront, Michael who has 13 goals this season is supported by the talented Gabriel Barbosa, who has 11 in 16 for the club domestically.
Who Will Win?
This should be a fascinating contest, between two sides who are flying in terms of domestic form, alongside their Libertadores final runs, but with Flamengo’s long unbeaten run against Palmeiras, can the current holders regain the Copa Libertadores and become successive champions for first time since 2001, when Argentine side Boca Juniors regained their title. Or can Flamengo pick up their second title in three years. Either way, one of these sides is set to become the powerhouse of South American football.