The champions of Copa Libertadores in the last two editions, Flamengo and the reigning champion Palmeiras, are set to meet in the summit for another all Brazilian final in this year's top tier competition in South America. Both will be squaring off in 27th November to clinch their third primary continental silverware as well as a ticket for FIFA Club World Cup 2021. Estadio Centenario in Montevideo has been selected as the host for the final.
Flamengo had easier path to go to the final after smashing Barcelona Quayaquil of Ecuador 4-0 in aggregate at the semifinal. Gabriel Barbosa and Co previously ousted Olimpia of Paraguay by 9-2 in aggregate at last eight and Defensa y Justicia of Argentina 5-1 in both home and away fixtures. They are the favorite here since Renato Gaucho has had more high profile names in the squad beside Gabigol Gabriel Barbosa, Vitinho, Bruno Henrique and Everton Riberio. There are several loanees from European sides such as Thiago Maia from Lille, Andreas Peirera from Manchester United and the former Newcastle United, Chelsea, Getafe and Granada man, Kenedy.
Meanwhile, Palmeiras had a tougher path instead as they needed an away goal rule to go through for a mission of retaining the title after eliminating Atletico Mineiro 1-1 on aggregate. At the previous stages, Abel Ferreira's men eased past Sao Paulo and Universidad Catolica of Chile. Their squad is more and less the same as last season's triumphant one.
Interestingly, both sides are aiming for lifting the trophy for the third times. Flamengo won the first two in 1981 and 2019 while Palmeiras did it in 1999 and 2020. Moreover, the managers from both teams are looking for their second title. Flamengo's current boss, Renato Gaucho, guided Gremio to win Copa Libertadores 2017, whereas Abel Ferreira is eyeing his second consecutive silverware. This year's final marks the fourth all Brazilian final after 2005, 2006, and 2020 editions.