Defending champion Flamengo was left out of the Copy Libertadores 2020 by losing on penalties (5-3) with Racing Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, after tying a goal in regulation time of the round-16 games.
Backed by a stellar performance by Chilean goalkeeper Gabriel Arias, who saved a penalty kick and four key balls during the 90 minutes, the Academy had a stunning victory at Maracana Stadium.
Argentina seemed to take the distribution with a goal from defender Leonardo Sigali, in the 65th minute, two minutes after the expulsion for a double yellow from Brazil international Rodrigo Caio.
But ‘Fla’ tied former legendary goalkeeper Rogério Ceni in aggregate time (90 + 3) with a header from midfielder Willian Arao, exactly the man who missed the shot from the white point.
After the last shot, Sebastián Beccacece fell to the ground to celebrate. After a few seconds, the coach stood up to congratulate his players.
Method in the Argentine league, the Academy competitor will emerge from the series between Internacional (BRA) and Boca Juniors (ARG).