It’s hard to believe that it’s been an entire year since Flamengo’s unbelievable 2-1 victory over River Plate in the first-ever one-off Copa Libertadores final in Lima, Peru.
It was Flamengo’s second-ever South American championship win, the first coming in 1981 when they defeated Cobreloa of Chile.
Despite being behind nearly the entire match, Gabigol saved the best for last, scoring goals in the 89th and 92nd minutes in one of the most dramatic finals in football history (and certainly the best football match this author has ever attended live).
Less than 24 hours later, Palmeiras would fall 2-1 against Grêmio, which secured Flamengo’s first Brasileirão title in a decade and the first Brasileirão-Libertadores double since Pelé’s Santos side in 1963.
Of course, Jorge Jesus’ outfit rumbled on to the Club World Cup final and gave defending Champions League winners Liverpool an extremely good run for their money, falling 1-0 in extra time.
Flamengo will take the next step in attempting to repeat their 2019 conquest on Tuesday night when they play away to Argentinian giants Racing.