Sampaoli’s Flamengo manages to close the gap after beating Botafogo at home
Rio de Janeiro

09/03/2023 at 05:14


The scoring opened with an own goal by Marlon Freitas just two minutes into the match

This Sunday, the main course will be the match between Corinthians and Palmeiras

Flamengo beat leader Botafogo 1-2 this Saturday, closing the gap on its rival and he recalled the superiority he has on Rio de Janeiro soil in the match for the twenty-second day of the Brazilian Championship, a heart-stopping classic in Rio de Janeiro in which Bruno Henrique and Victor Sá shone.

Those directed by the Argentine Jorge Sampaoli They added 39 points and temporarily rose to third placewaiting for the game between Gremio and Curitiba this Sunday, a match in which the Porto Alegre club is the big favorite and can once again beat Flamengo.

Despite the defeat, Botafogo continues comfortably in first position, with 51 integersan 11-point advantage over Palmeiras, its immediate follower.

An own goal by Marlon Freitas just two minutes into the match opened the scoring in favor of Flamengo and put ‘Glorioso’ on alert, who did not rest and pressed until they equalized with a great goal from Victor Sá.

The definitive advantage came for Sampaoli’s team in the second half with a ball that Lucas Perri could not save, kicked by Bruno Henrique, who Minutes before, a score had been disallowed for being offside.

It was a balanced meeting in which Botafogo dominated in the first half and Flamengo in the second with wasted goals like the one attempted by Argentine Víctor Cuesta that ended up going over Matheus Cunha’s goal.

The strategy of putting the recently recovered Tiquinho Suárez in at the start of the game an attempt to secure an advantage from the start It didn’t work out for Portuguese coach Bruno Laje, although the current top scorer in the League did his best.

This Saturday’s match was marked by the tension of the fanswho hours before the game staged riots in three neighborhoods of the city, with 12 arrested and three injured.

The events forced the authorities to reinforce security actions around the Nilton Santos stadiumfor which the participation of about 700 uniformed personnel was already planned.

In other matches of the day, Atlético Mineiro gave up a draw against Athletico Paranaense in a match in which Vitor Roque ended up as a hero after scoring the ‘Furacão’ goal.

The young promise from Paranaense, signed by Barcelona, ​​who played as a starter, was more enthusiastic in the complementary game, although missed several opportunities to expand the score.

This Sunday, the main course will be the match between Corinthians and Palmeiras, a classic from São Paulo in which there may also be disturbances among fans, something that was warned this week by the Prosecutor’s Office, who asked to postpone the match for security reasons, a request to which they turned a deaf ear.


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