Atletico Paranaense reaches first Copa Sudamericana final

November 29, 2018
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Players of Brazil's Atletico Paranaense celebrate after beating Brazil's Fluminense during a Copa Sudamericana second leg semifinal match at Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Atletico Paranaense won 4-0 and qualified for the final. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Atletico Paranaense reached the Copa Sudamericana final for the first time after beating fellow Brazilian side Fluminense 2-0 on Wednesday and 4-0 on aggregate.

Nikao scored in the first half and Bruno Guimaraes in the second at Maracana Stadium, prompting upset fans of Rio de Janeiro giant Fluminense to riot against police and Atletico fans.

Atletico will face a Colombian team in the final on Dec. 5 and 12.

Junior Barranquilla will host Santa Fe on Thursday with a comfortable a 2-0 advantage.

The winner of Copa Sudamericana will qualify for next year’s Copa Libertadores.


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