Jesus is a Flamengo fan? Iconic Christ the Redeemer statue lit up in Brazilian team’s colors ahead of Copa Libertadores final
Appearing in their first Copa final in 38 years, Flamengo face defending champions River Plate in a one-off match at Estadio Monumental in Lima, Peru, on Saturday night.
The Flamengo marketing team and shirt sponsors adidas made sure the whole of Rio de Janeiro was aware of the monumental nature of the occasion by illuminating the iconic Christ the Redeemer stature which overlooks the city in the famous red and black stripes of their club.
Nicknamed O Mengão, the Brazilian side will face a tough task in aiming to add to their solitary Copa title, claimed in 1981 in what was their last appearance in South America’s biggest club football showpiece.
River are aiming for back-to-back Copa crowns and their third in four years. This year’s final will be a one-off affair for the first time ever, and follows the tumultuous events of last season which saw the second-leg match between River and bitter Argentine rivals Boca Juniors moved to Madrid after violent clashes.Also on rt.com White-hot River comeback clinches Copa Libertadores 2018 in extra time (PHOTOS)
Managed by appropriately-named Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus, Flamengo's form as been superb in recent months, and they are unbeaten in 25 matches heading into Saturday’s match.