By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - There was little time for Flamengo to dwell on Sunday's (March 5th) loss to arch-rival, Fluminense. Last night (March 8th), the Rubro-Negra made a triumphant return to iconic Maracanã Stadium blasting Argentinian club San Lorenzo, 4-0, to open its 2017 Copa Libertadores campaign.

A raucous crowd of nearly 60,000, the largest for a football match in Brazil this year, awaited the team which had not played in the famed stadium since late Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here