2020 Photo Contest, Sports, 2nd Prize

Cheering the Goal


Silvia Izquierdo

Associated Press

23 November, 2019

Fans of Brazil’s Flamengo football team cheer as Gabriel Barbosa scores a goal against defending champions River Plate of Argentina, in the final of the Copa Libertadores, broadcast on giant screens during a watch party at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Barbosa scored two goals in the final few minutes, effecting a comeback for Flamengo, who won the match 2-1 after being 0-1 down for much of the game. This was the first time that Flamengo had won the Copa Libertadores—South American club football’s highest-level competition—in 38 years. The boy’s painted beard is possibly in homage to his hero Barbosa.

About the photographer

Silvia Izquierdo

Silvia Izquierdo is Associated Press’s (AP) Chief Photographer for Brazil. World Press Photo Involvement: Award-winning photographer 1998 Photo Contest Award-winning p...

Technical information

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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