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Fluminense down Boca to win first Copa Libertadores

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – John Kennedy struck a spectacular extra-time winner as Fluminense ended their long wait for a first ever Copa Libertadores crown yesterday with a 2-1 victory over Argentina’s Boca Juniors.

Substitute Kennedy volleyed home from the edge of the area in the 99th minute of an ill-tempered final at Rio’s Maracana Stadium after the match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Kennedy was promptly sent off for collecting a second yellow card for an over-exuberant celebration among Fluminense’s delirious home fans following the goal.

The 21-year-old Kennedy – named by his history-loving father after the 35th President of the United States – had been a decisive influence for Fluminense after being brought on as a substitute for playmaker Ganso 10 minutes from the end of normal time.

Fluminense players celebrate with the trophy. PHOTO: AP