Andreas Pereira reaches Copa Libertadores final with Flamengo
Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira has the opportunity to win the biggest club competition in South America with Flamengo after reaching the final with the club.
Pereira and his teammates beat Barcelona SC 4-0 across two semi-final legs to reach the Copa Libertadores final showpiece.
Flamengo will take on the defending champions and local rivals Palmeiras in an all-Brazilian final on 27 November, which will feature the tournament’s last two winners of the competition after Flamengo’s success in 2019.
How did Pereira play?
The 25-year-old had to tread carefully as early as the first minute after picking up a booking.
With Flamengo already 1-0 up thanks to Bruno Henrique, Pereira nearly doubled Flamengo’s lead after collecting a Henrique header and smashing a shot off the foot of the post.
Pereira was replaced in the 77th minute with Flamengo 2-0 up through Henrique’s second of the game.
The United loanee had 49 touches and completed 28 of his 35 attempted passes (80%). The Brazilian also made two tackles, one clearance and one interception (SofaScore).
Andreas Pereira is playing alongside the likes of David Luiz, Filipe Luis, Mauricio Isla and Gabriel Barbosa.
On a night when Manchester United had ignited our Champions League prospects, Pereira was doing his own hopes of winning big trophies no harm whatsoever.
Flamengo are also firmly in the title race and remain in the domestic cup. And after beating Palmeiras on penalties in April’s Supercopa do Brasil, Pereira is playing in a side that is clearly hungry to get their hands on more trophies.
With Pereira having aspirations of breaking into Brazil’s 2022 World Cup squad, a loan move away from United made sense after we couldn’t secure a lucrative permanent transfer fee for the Brazilian international.
Let’s hope the season ends with both Pereira and United getting their hands on some trophies.