Flamengo hammers Gremio to reach Copa Libertadores final
Gabriel of Brazil's Flamengo celebrates after scoring his side's 3rd goal during a Copa Libertadores semifinal second leg soccer match against Brazil's Gremio at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. AP Photo
Brazil's Flamengo outclassed compatriots Gremio 5-0 on Wednesday and will play the Copa Libertadores final against defending champions River Plate of Argentina.
The Rio de Janeiro side opened the scoring at the Maracana Stadium with Bruno Henrique in the 42nd minute.
But the best entertainment for more than 70,000 home fans came in the second half.
Gabriel Barbosa scored in the 46th and 56th minutes. Pablo Mari added the fourth in the 67th minute and Rodrigo Caio finished the scoring in the 70th.
The first leg ended 1-1 in Porto Alegre earlier in October.
Flamengo seeks its second title in the tournament. The first came in 1981 with Zico as the team's main player.
The Brazilians will face River at Santiago's Estadio Nacional on Nov. 23 in the first single-match final of the South American tournament.
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