Fluminense clinched their inaugural Copa Libertadores by defeating 10-man Boca Juniors, with John Kennedy scoring and receiving a prompt red card.
The Brazilian side dominated the start, enjoying 80% possession in the opening 20 minutes. They took the lead eight minutes before the break when Keno raced down the right, found Cano, who skillfully slotted home after peeling off the defender.
Andre, who has garnered interest from Liverpool, dominated Fluminense’s midfield for the initial 50 minutes. However, the Argentinians slowly found their rhythm and equalized thanks to Luis Advincula’s dipping strike from the edge of the box 18 minutes from time.
Substitute Kennedy started a dramatic extra-time period, hammering home his side’s second goal in the 99th minute, despite already being on a booking. He then celebrated with the crowd, which resulted in him being sent off.
Boca’s Frank Fabra received a red card for slapping Nino just before the extra-time interval, and Fluminense’s Guga hit the woodwork with five minutes remaining. Nevertheless, it didn’t matter as they held on for a 2-1 victory at Maracana Stadium on Saturday night.
German Cano has truly impressed for Fluminense in this competition. The 35-year-old managed to score 13 goals this season, while his entire team only contributed 13 in total.
Kennedy secured the winning goal, but he also needlessly earned himself a red card, whereas Cano consistently delivered outstanding performances.
Edinson Cavani had an off night. His decision-making in the final third was subpar, and he struggled to set up a good connection with his teammate Miguel Merentiel, ultimately missing some promising opportunities.
Fluminense will play their next match on Wednesday against Internacional, while Boca will face San Lorenzo on the same day.