Flamengo does not go beyond a draw at Maracaná and is left behind against Botafogo
Rio de Janeiro

08/27/2023 at 03:16


Flamengo once again disappointed their fans, who booed them

The Rio team remained in third place in the standings.

Flamengo gave up a 0-0 draw against Internacional in the Maracaná stadium in Rio de Janeirolost the opportunity to reduce the wide lead that separates him from the leader Botafogo and left the field booed by his own fans.

The most popular club in Brazil and current champion of the Copa Libertadores failed to impose its hypothetical superiority against an Internacional that reserved some of its starters for next week’s match in which they will host the Bolivian Bolívar and in which they hope to guarantee their place in the semifinals of the Libertadores.

The Flamengopressured by his fans since the Paraguayan Olimpia left him out of the Libertadores this month, he disappointed his fans againwho booed the players and called them “scoundrels” both during the interval and at the end of the game.

In a match complicated by the rain, both Flamengo and Internacional lacked creativity and They generated few opportunities.

After their result this Saturday in a match for the twenty-first day of the League, the carioca team was parked in third place in the classification, with 36 points, twelve points behind Botafogo (48), which on Sunday can further increase its advantage as leader of the League as it will host the weak Bahía.

Flamengo can also lose track of Palmeirassecond in the standings, with 37 points, which on Sunday will host Vasco da Gama, one of the clubs fighting to escape the relegation zone.

The ‘Mengao’, furthermore, can be surpassed in the standings by its traditional rival Fluminensewhich visits Atlhetico Paranaense on Sunday, and for Gremio, which hosts Cruzeiro.

As if the tie wasn’t enough, The team lost Uruguayan creative Giorgian de Arrascaeta due to injuries in the match and striker Luiz Araújo, two of their main players who were in doubt for the next matches.

The result puts the Flamengo coach, the Argentine Jorge Sampaoli, on the tightrope again, which, after the elimination of the Libertadores and the increasingly distant dispute for the League title, now focuses its hopes on winning the Copa do Brasil, in the final of which it will face Sao Paulo.

For its part, the draw at home and with some substitutes, allowed Inter to rise to thirteenth place in the standingswith 25 points, and move away from the relegation zone.

The Porto Alegre team, however, is still without victory after nine games (four losses and five draws).

Inter could not count on their coach in this Saturday’s match at the Maracaná, also Argentine Eduardo Coudet, who had to serve a suspension date for having accumulated three yellow cards.

His place was taken by his technical assistant, also Argentine Lucho González.who, despite having started the game with several substitutes, sent some of their figures onto the field in the second half, such as the Ecuadorian Enner Valencia and the Chilean Charles Aránguiz.

“Colorado’s” priority is the Libertadores title, in which they are almost guaranteed a place in the semifinals after having achieved a 0-1 victory in the quarterfinal match on their visit to Bolívar.

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