Four games in eight days, average of one game every two; 10 departures in four weeks, equivalent to a commitment at average intervals of 2.8 days. This is Flamengo’s routine after the Covid-19 outbreak, with no time to train and with four squads for the teams from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, from where one of them returned injured. The possibility of losing points in that marathon was clear in the painful victory over Goiás, something that took place in the 1 to 1 against another team in the relegation zone, Red Bull Bragantino.
The possibility of taking the lead in the Brazilian Championship seems to have influenced Domènec Torrent’s initial line-up. Isla, who played the entire game, for Chile, in the 2 to 2 with Colombia, Tuesday, was the starter, as well as Everton Ribeiro, who was in the field for 21 minutes with the Brazilian team in the 4 to 2 over Peru. Hugo, Pedro, Thiago Maia and Willian Arão were the four who started the match against Goiás, also played two days before, and again appeared in the initial formation.
The Catalan seemed willing to put more chips against Red Bull Bragantino, betting on the possibility of becoming first placed and, consequently, putting pressure on Atlético Mineiro, who opened this possibility by drawing 1-1 with Fluminense on Wednesday night. market. As in previous games, against Athletico, Sport and Vasco, the first half was less than expected. In these last matches, the exception was the duel with Goiás, in which the volume was raised all the time.
So much so that in the first half against the Emerald team the red-blacks finished 16 times, scored a goal, the equalizer, and in the fight against the champion of the second national division there were seven shots before the break, with the São Paulo team losing strength after more intense start, scoring close to the rival area. With Pedro showing wear and tear, less present, and Lincoln, who would score in the final stage, but until then missed almost all of his attempts on the left, there were no clear opportunities for both teams and the score did not leave zero in the opening 45 minutes.
Without the scorer, preserved as the coach himself confirmed in the interview after the fight, Flamengo returned to the second half with Vitinho and Lincoln as center forward. He suffered a beautiful goal from Claudinho with seconds of the ball rolling, he appealed to Bruno Henrique, on the bench only for emergencies like the one that had come true, drawn and had no strength to turn. More embarrassed, weakened, moved and tired than two days before, against a better team than Goiás, the current champion bumped into an opponent who played well and lost the chance to jump to the lead.
The games marathon took the bill.
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