Matthew Hojaij

Flamengo

Rubro-Negro repeated the start he had against São Paulo and scored two goals in 10 minutes: Gabigol and Andreas Pereira hit the net.

Flamengo players celebrate one of the goals scored in Beira-Rio (Photo: Pedro H. Tesch/AGIF)
Flamengo players celebrate one of the goals scored in Beira-Rio (Photo: Pedro H. Tesch/AGIF)

This Saturday night (20th), the Flamengo won the International 2-1 in Beira-Rio, in a match valid for the 34th round of the Brazilian championship. In addition to signifying the fourth straight victory in the Brasileirão, the game was important for coach Renato Gaúcho to test his options for the Libertadores final, which takes place in a week.

In the first minutes, Colorado put pressure on the attacking field. However, in the first counterattack, Flamengo took the lead. At 4 minutes, Vitinho made a low pass to the middle. Everton Ribeiro made a light trap, and the ball fell to Gabriel, who submitted a low shot in Marcelo Lomba’s left corner.

The second goal was not long in coming. On minute 10, Everton Ribeiro received the ball from the right half and made an elevation pass into the penalty area. Coming from behind, Andreas Pereira kicked the ball from the far left corner of Lomba. Inter showed a reaction soon after, scaring with shots from Taison and Palacios.

Gabriel Barbosa had another two lost goals. In one of them, he could have passed to Everton Ribeiro, but he preferred to kick. Following that move, at 40 minutes, there was a corner and, on the counterattack, Taison took off, scored with Palacios, and finished with category, in the left corner of Diego Alves.

At 45, Patrick had a chance to tie, but David Luiz saved on top of the line. After a first half with many chances, the second half was much more perspiration than inspiration. The two teams sought the attack, but managed little to frighten. Fla reached 17, in a shot by Vitinho, defended by Lomba.

On minute 32, Inter had the chance in a corner kick by Heitor from the left. Patrick headed the second post, and Willian Arão ruled out the danger in the sequence. Renato Gaúcho put De Arrascaeta to gain pace for the Libertadores final. At 40, Flamengo had a goal disallowed. Kenedy sent the ball into the nets, but the VAR intervened and suggested the cancellation to the referee.

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