Flamengo Copa victory celebration in Rio ends in clashes
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Flamengo players show off the Copa Libertadores trophy during the celebration parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2019. /VCG Photo

Flamengo players show off the Copa Libertadores trophy during the celebration parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2019. /VCG Photo

Celebrations of Flamengo's victory in South America's top football club competition came to an abrupt end in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, when clashes erupted between a group of supporters and police.

Tens of thousands of ecstatic football fans wearing their team's black-and-red jerseys poured into the streets of the city's historic center in the morning to welcome Flamengo players.

Fans of Flamengo celebrate their team's Copa Libertadores title during the parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2019. /VCG Photo

Fans of Flamengo celebrate their team's Copa Libertadores title during the parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2019. /VCG Photo

For hours, the flood of supporters, including many families and children, celebrated peacefully, waving flags and setting off fireworks as the Copa Libertadores winners rode through the streets on an open-topped bus.

But around 4.30 p.m. local time, in the final stretch of the festivities, TV images showed thick white smoke coming out of the parade, which quickly dispersed the nearby crowd.

Flamengo fans celebrate during a parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2019. /VCG Photo

Flamengo fans celebrate during a parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2019. /VCG Photo

Clashes followed, with a group of supporters throwing rocks, beer bottles and other objects at police. The disturbances later eased.

The team's victory on Saturday over Argentine side River Plate has lifted the spirits of Brazilians after a period of economic stagnation and political infighting.

Players of Flamengo cheer with fans on an open-topped bus during the celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2019. /VCG Photo

Players of Flamengo cheer with fans on an open-topped bus during the celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2019. /VCG Photo

That's especially true in Rio, where Flamengo is widely considered the most popular club. It hadn't won the Copa in 38 years, while its Brazilian rivals had won five of the previous 10 competitions.

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Source(s): AP