Andreas Pereira makes costly error in Copa Libertadores final defeat

Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira made a costly error in extra-time which saw his Flamengo side lose 2-1 against Palmeiras in the Copa Libertadores final.

The 25-year-old was hoping to lift his first trophy with his loan side and after Gabriel Barbosa had cancelled out Raphael Veiga’s fifth-minute opener, with 20 minutes remaining, the momentum looked to be with Flamengo.

Pereira started the final at the Estadio Centenario alongside former Premier League players Filipe Luis, David Luiz and Mauricio Isla.

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But in the 95th minute, the on-loan Man United man’s error in extra time gifted Palmeiras the Copa Libertatores title.

After exchanging passes with Luiz, following a short free-kick, a weary-looking Pereira took a heavy touch, which allowed Deyverson to snatch possession and slot the ball past Diego Alves.

He was substituted 16 minutes later with Renato Gaucho’s side looking to find a route back into the match following his mishap.

The one-time Brazilian international was given a 6.5 rating by SofaScore. During his 111 minutes on the pitch, Pereira had 95 touches and completed 67 of his 79 attempted passes (85%).

He made two key passes, won five duels, three tackles and made one interception.

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After crashing out of the Copa do Brasil in the semi-finals and now suffering heartbreak in the Copa Libertadores, Pereira and his team mates are going to have bounce back quickly in their pursuit for league success.

Flamengo currently sit second in Serie A, eight points behind league leaders Atletico MG with just four games remaining.

It was a chastening evening for Pereira and it could prove to be decisive in Flamengo’s decision to sign the midfielder on a permanent deal from United or not.

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