THAT’S ALL FROM RIO
Palmeiras defeated Santos 1-0 to win their second Copa Libertadores title at the Maracana Stadium.
The Sao Paulo rivals clashed in a rather hapless encounter that saw them enduring a dull first half, which didn’t include any notable goalscoring chances.
Santos came close to scoring an opener twice in the second half as Weverton made a brilliant save to deny a shot by Diego Pituca and then saw the ball brushing past his top left corner following a strike by Felipe Jonatan.
Kaio Jorge then tried to score perhaps the greatest goal in Copa Libertadores history but his overhead kick sent the ball straight to the Palmeiras keeper’s hands.
Santos suffered a significant blow during stoppage time as manager Cuca was sent off following an altercation with Marcos Rocha.
The Brazilian manager picked up the ball in the touchline and the Palmeiras ace thought he was trying to sabotage him and so the two men clashed.
Cuca was shown a red card but Rocha only got booked with a yellow.
It was soon after in the ninth minute of extra time when substitute Breno Lopes scored the winner as he picked up a cross from Rony and headed the ball to the back of John’s net