flamingo continues to go strong in South America. This Tuesday, he struck in São Paulo and beat Corinthians 2-0 away from home in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals. The goals? From Arrascaeta and Gabigol. Also, Arturo Vidal entered the second half and added minutes again: he was very enthusiastic and even threw a strong phrase after the game.
The King returned to play for Libertadores after 15 years. His last game had been in 2007 against America, with the Colo Colo shirt. The Chilean midfielder is fulfilling his dream of wearing the Mengao shirt and what better way to do it than with a triumph against Timao.
He continues to revolutionize Rio with his talent. (AP/André Penner)
“It’s a spectacular feeling, it took many years to return to South America. The Libertadores is similar to the Champions League, because of the stadium, the spectacular fans. Happy for that and also for winning a key game,” said Vidal in the mixed zone, happy with the result obtained and thinking about revenge.
Arturo maintains the desire to achieve an international title at club level. After losing a Copa Sudamericana final and a Champions League final, he wants Brazil to be the good one: “Every child dreams of the Libertadores, when I come here that dream approaches me. I hope to fulfill it this year and the next, with this team it is possible”.
He continues adding minutes with Fla. (EFE/Fernando Bizerra Jr.)
He also highlighted the enormous performance that Fla had at Arena Corinthians: “When a team plays like Flamengo did today, it’s difficult to beat them, but football has many opportunities for all teams and we shouldn’t be overconfident. There are 90 minutes left, but if we play as we are going to spend today”.
Flamengo’s performance is outstanding and King Arthur is very clear about it, to the point of slipping a forceful phrase: “With the level of players here, plus their fans, If it were in the Champions League, Flamengo would surely fight with everyone. This team is very talented.”.
PRAISES FROM THE DT
Although he sent it to the bank and is taking it little by little, Dorival JuniorDT del Mengao, knows the quality that Vidal has. “He is a player who can play alone as a midfielder or also in a function with a second man. He can also go on the right or the left, as he is a mobility player”started praising him at a press conference.
He is excited about the title. (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)
“He makes good passes and is constantly involved in the game. He has great qualities, he starts plays, makes transitions, everything flows clear and sharp when he touches the ball. He gives the team dynamics”he added in tune.
TRIUMPH OF THE FLA
Flamengo took a huge step to define a place in the final against the winner of the Vélez-Talleres series: they beat Corinthians 2-0 in São Paulo in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals. The team led by Dorival Junior, a coach hired two months ago, showed personality, balance and was even able to extend the result in stoppage time, when Cassio stopped Víctor Hugo’s shot.
Giorgian nailed a great goal. (NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)
De Arrascaeta’s goal, a brilliant definition, generated controversy because prior to the shot the ball accidentally hit the right arm of his teammate Gomes. The referee Patricio Loustau decided to validate it and acted correctly in accordance with the latest change in the regulatory guideline, which established that if the contact of the ball with the hand is accidental and the player is not expanding the volume of the body, there is no charge but it is the of the footballer who converts the goal. In this case, Gomes was not the one who finished off, but the Uruguayan.
The 2 to 0 was Gabigol, in another good definition. The striker accumulated 28 goals in Libertadores, one less than Luizao, the top Brazilian scorer in the history of the competition, with goals for São Paulo, Corinthians, Gremio and Vasco da Gama, between the 1990s and 2000.
He returned to the goal. (AP/André Penner)
Corinthians, which had the entry of Argentine midfielder Fausto Vera in the first half (due to Maycon’s injury), had gone 21 games undefeated in its stadium, which enhances Fla’s victory. The rematch, at the Maracana, will be next Tuesday, with Fla doing very well.