Watch ace de Palmeiras plunge after REFEREE’s ‘push’ into shameful scenes as he defeats Flamengo to win Copa Libertadores
PALMEIRAS star Deyverson has come under fire after plunging into his side’s 2-1 Copa Libertadores final victory over Flamengo after receiving a slight push in the back from the REFEREE.
The game was in full overtime with less than a minute to go as Deyverson chatted with one of his opponents.
The referee stepped in and gave the Palmeiras star a slight nudge to get the game going again.
But Deyverson had other ideas.
The Brazilian fell shamefully to the ground, faking a serious injury that gripped his back.
Deyverson’s loss of time as well as an overtime goal saw Palmerias cross the finish line to win his third Libertadores title against a star-studded Flamengo team.
Flamengo’s starting XI were home to David Luiz, Felipe Luis, Andreas Pereira – who had an absolute shock – and former Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa.
But that wasn’t enough to fend off their cunning opponents.
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Pereira was responsible for Deyverson’s goal. He was caught off guard deep in his own half and the striker leapt up and finished the winner.
Experienced serial winner Luiz defended his teammate, saying: âThis is football.
“He was having a good game, playing fantastic, then all of a sudden it all falls apart.
âThe only thing I told him was that no matter how many people analyze this moment, we didn’t lose the game because of it.
“Our vision has to be deeper and broader than this analysis, especially with a great player like Andreas.
“I’m very sad because he’s a great friend, a great player and sad because he deserves more, sad because we deserve more.”
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