Fluminense took a massive step to winning their first Copa Libertadores tonight, with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Mexican side Club América in the Final First Leg in Rio. Ciro fired the hosts in front (below) from close range on 13 minutes, as the Brazilians took control of the first-half.
Just as América started to create chances, they spectacularly shot themselves in the foot. Pimentel failed to control a simple pass out by his ‘keeper on the edge of the box, allowing Fred to rob him of the ball and slot past Munoz. Ninety seconds after the restart, they needlessly gave away a foul on the touchline. Thiago Neves floated the free-kick in towards the penalty spot where Euzebio rose highest and powered a header past Munoz for a second in three minutes, and a three-nil lead.
Surging forwards looking for a late away goal to keep the tie alive, América were completely outdone by a long-ball by Thiago Neves with two minutes to play. Ciro took one touch before curling a finish low from 20 yards (above) to seal the 4-0 rout.
The Final Second Leg will be held next Wednesday in Mexico City.