After giving Atlético Mineiro a vital early goal in their semi-final second leg against Newell’s Old Boys last night, Bernard went on to pick up a yellow card which means he’ll miss the first leg of the final.
He gave his team the lead in the third minute of the game, with a first time left foot shot which zipped past Newell’s keeper Nahuel Guzmán. The Belo Horizonte born attacker used his blistering pace to latch onto a perfectly weighted through ball from Ronaldinho, before applying the finish.
He was substituted in the 82nd minute, with his replacement Guilherme going on to level the tie on aggregate just two minutes after arriving on the pitch. Galo ran out eventual winners on penalties, and will face Olimpia of Paraguay in the final.
Unlike its European equivalent, the Copa Libertadores final is played across two legs, so Bernard will at least be able to play in the final game of the competition and try to help his team lift the big trophy in South American club football.
Bernard has been linked with several European clubs over the past month or so, including Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur, Porto, and Liverpool.