Flamengo qualified for the final of the Copa Libertadores, beating Argentine Velez Sarsfield (2-1) on Wednesday at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro in the semi-final second leg and will face Athletico Paranaense for the title. Pedro (41st) and Marinho (67th) scored for Flamengo after Lucas Pratto opened the scoring for Velez. It will be the third final in four years for the carioca club, which had already won the first leg in Argentina (4-0). Athletico Paranaense knocked out two-time defending champion Palmeiras on Tuesday.
Flamengo will seek to win their third Libertadores title, after 1981 and 2019. They failed in the final last year against Palmeiras. Athletico Paranaense, a Curitiba club coached by former Brazilian selector Luiz Felipe Scolari and which counts Fernandinho in its ranks, has never won the title and its only final dates back to 17 years ago, when the former Manchester City player was already at the club. Appointment is made on October 29 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.