| RIO DE JANEIRO, June 4
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 4 Fluminense scored three
times in the last half hour to beat champions Boca Juniors 3-1
on Wednesday and reach the Libertadores Cup final for the first
The Brazilians won their semi-final tie 5-3 on aggregate
after coming from behind to beat six-times champions Boca in a
pulsating second leg at the Maracana.
They now face Ecuadorean champions LDU, who will also be
making their first appearance in the final.
Fluminense survived an amazing onslaught by Boca before
Dodo scored their third goal in injury-time to clinch the win.
Fluminense goalkeeper Fernando Henrique prevented Boca from
grabbing a halftime lead when he turned away a header by Martin
Palermo in the 40th minute.
The burly Boca striker had also twice before been close and
his persistence was rewarded in the 58th minute when he got
away from his marker to head in Jesus Datolo's cross at the far
Fluminense replied five minutes later when forward
Washington curled in a 25-metre free kick and went ahead in the
71st minute when Boca defender Hugo Ibarra turned Dario Conca's
wayward shot into his own goal.
Fluminense then had to cling on desperately as they
survived a fierce spell of Boca pressure.
Henrique saved a shot from Sebastian Battaglia and then
tipped away a Palermo header before Pablo Ledesma had a shot
blocked on the line by Thiago Silva.
Another Ledesma shot bobbled narrowly wide of the goal
before Henrique made a spectacular save on his goal line to
stop another Palermo header. Datolo also went close with a
Fluminense made the game safe in the third minute of
injury-time when Rodrigo Palacio, trying to play his way out of
defence, sent a pass straight to Dodo, who coolly slotted the
ball past Pablo Migliori.
(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)