Flamengo deliver late sucker punch to halt Inter


Flamengo celebrate a late equaliser (Image: Getty Images)

League leaders Internacional and Flamengo went to Porto Alegre this evening.

The much-anticipated clash between league leaders Internacional and last year’s champion Flamengo did not disappoint. Both teams played excellent football in a superb, high-intensity and action-packed 2-2 draw at Beira Rio Stadium this evening.

Internacional were on course for a win that would have extended their lead at the top of the standings, but Flamengo took their share of the spoils as Everton Ribeiro, one of the shortest players on the pitch, headed the equalizer in the sixth minute of the day. extra time.

The equalizer was probably well deserved, given the amount of chances they created in the second half – in large part due to striker Pedro who was excellent. It was difficult for Internacional, who worked tirelessly to keep Flamengo in a stalemate.

Internacional’s consolation is that a draw keeps them ahead of last year’s champions on goal difference at the top of the standings after third-placed Atletico Mineiro lost points to Sport on Saturday.

But Inter were out of the blocks in this match and Flamengo didn’t know what hit them. Abel Hernandez could, and should, score with a free-kick in the first minute. Right-back Heitor was released in the penalty area a minute later and Hugo Sousa saved his low shot (which, by the way, looks like a real possibility).

A third chance came at Internacional in the fifth minute, which they would not miss. Abel Hernandez made up for his earlier miss by tapping on Patrick’s low cross after the Inter Milan midfielder, who was excellent apart from a second-half miss that would put them ahead 3-1, pitted Isla into a foul.

Internacional’s high pressure was causing all kinds of problems for the Flamengo players and their second goal was also the result of putting pressure on the Flamengo defenders to make mistakes. A series of failed attempts to cross the Internacional streak culminated in Gustavo Henrique losing the ball and allowing Thiago Gallardo to score his 15th goal of the season to put a fine finish behind Hugo Sousa.

The high-pressure tactic can be risky though, as between two goals, Flamengo scored a goal of their own as they managed to break through the Inter lines, allowing Pedro to run into space and push the ball past Marcelo Lomba off the edge. from the fund.

Flamengo were better in the second half and created a series of half-chances after the start of the second half, with Pedro participating in every good thing Flamengo had to offer. In the 13th minute of the second half, Marcelo Lumba was forced to block a strong kick and broke it to Felipe Luis, who hit the ball over the crossbar.

In the 21st minute, another move involving Pedro ended with two shots outside the line. Pedro’s ball is sent to Vetinho, whose deflected shot was turned away by Pedro, who could only send the follow-up to the defender.

Internacional was still causing problems for Flamengo itself and the quality of the game was excellent, despite a series of bugs and bumps hampering the flow. That was fine for Internacional, although they lost their talisman Thiago Gallardo due to an injury (which wasn’t too serious as he was able to protest at the end of the match). A series of international substitutions have also disrupted the flow.

This pattern interrupted every now and then for a moment of Pedro’s skill, but as the minutes passed and another chance, this time for Gerson, came and went, it seemed like Internacional would grab the spoils. Things were getting heated up on the sidelines and the two coaches clashed and argued, but it ended up with an apology from Codent and a handshake between the two men. Nice to see.

The controversy between the coaches continued as the match went on, and Kodet went to referee when he threw the ball to Flamengo, deep in their half, in the fifth minute of stoppage time – not long after that controversial ball advantage. Draw flamingo. And Gerson achieved a better second half, and it was a cross from Everton Ribeiro, who headed a header past Marcelo Lomba to equalize.

It was no surprise that the Flamingo turned into a frenzy. But shortly after that mess, Dominic Pedro, who was furious (which is true in my opinion – should have gone to Flamengo to win), took off. The two reserves were exchanging unpleasant things and it seemed that things could start. Codette must have been grumpy, but his warm embrace with full-time Dominic was a sign of real sport and madness. Played par excellence.

In the end we saw that the Flamingo had quality and strength in depth. I think Domínec is a little late with his substitutions – the introduction of Michael and Lincoln made a difference and could have been done earlier.

Meanwhile, Internacional may lack the depth quality of the Flamengo, but they make up for it with good behaviour, bravery and strength. They lacked the stamina to see her during this evening.

Whatever you think of the relative merits of the two teams, it promises to be a very interesting race with these two teams and it is likely that Atletico Mineiro will be there or close to that at the end of the season.

Internacional: Marcelo Lomba, Heitor, Zee Gabriel, Rodrigo Moledo, Owendel (Moises), Rodrigo Lindoso (Mosto), Marcos Guilherme (Rodrigo Dorado), Edinilson, Patrick, Thiago Gallardo (William Poetker), Abel Hernandez (De Alessandro)

Flamengo: Hugo Sousa, Isla, Gustavo Enrique, Nathan, Philippe Luis, Thiago Maia, Willian Ari O (Lincoln), Gerson, Everton Ribeiro, Vetino (Michael), Pedro (Leo Pereira)

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