Dream about Flemish being the master of Brazil was further away after the defeat Botafogo, 2 to 1, this Saturday night at the stadium Nilton Santost Engenhãoin the 33rd round. Astonished by two goals in the first half, Rubro-Negro did not react and lost an undefeated series of nine games, six of which were under the command of the coach Dorival Junior.
With 60 points, Flamengo is in third place, six points behind the Palmeiras leaders, who can extend the lead on Sunday when they face the Atlético-MG in Belo Horizonte. It may even be far from Internacional, which has 61 points advantage over Ceará in Fortaleza (CE). Botafogo made a big step in the escape from the threat of falling, reaching 41 points in tenth place.
Botafogo used the good positioning of his players on the pitch to dominate the midfielder at the beginning of the game. Blocked, no way out, Flamengo started losing passages and lost the ball. Alvinegro used the effectiveness shown when scoring goals.
The first goal fell after 18 minutes of counterattack. After stealing the ball in defense, Leo Valencia fired Erik with speed. Facilitated the defense, gave a small number of heads, and already in the area, deflecting goalkeeper César, who leaves in despair.
Ten minutes later, at the age of 28, the second goal came. In a foul on the left side, but near the bottom line, Leo Valencia, in turn, charged a lot. Goalkeeper César waited for the cross and saw the ball pass under his hands.
The broad advantage gave Botafogo more confidence, and on the other took over emotional control over Flamengo. The players were very nervous. Flamengo only threatened in the 40th minute at a distance from Vitinho and was defended by Gatito Fernández.
The tense atmosphere continued to cause confusion at the end of the first half, when the ball stopped, Lucas Paquetá tried to reset the ball and was blocked by Rodrigo Lindoso. Trying to catch the ball, Paquetá lost his head and went to Botafogo. It was yellowed, in a movement that could be expelled.
However, in the second half of Flamengo he came back completely differently. Deciding to change the history, he set a strong rhythm from the beginning. In the first minute Lucas Paquetá fired from behind the penalty area, but the ball was on a small area and defended Gatito Fernandes who hit the side. In the third minute the first red and black goal appeared. Pará went to the bottom and got up on the other side, where Vitinho climbed and tested.
The corrector almost came out in eight minutes, foul in a large area. Vitinho charged, the ball buckled in the barrier and still scribbled the bar. At the moment, possession of the ball was all Flamengo. But Botafogo almost spread out after eight minutes, after a corner kick and Erik over César, who defended himself with his feet.
After that moment of total flamenco pressure, Botafogo was able to balance the actions, valuing possession of the ball and allowing time to pass. Goalkeeper Gatito Fernández even received a yellow card for delaying the game. After 30 minutes, Dorival Júnior tried to cheer on his team by introducing Marlo Moreno to replace Éverton Ribeiro.
In the second part of the game Botafogo, however, had dominance in the field. I almost made the third goal in the 38th minute on the cross with Rodrigo Pimpão and exploded on the crossbar. Without the strength of Flamengo, he did not draw and continued to take risks in counterattacks Botafoguenses.
Both teams return to play on the fifteenth, national holiday, in the 34th round in 17 hours. Botafogo will go to Chapecoense, and Flamengo will host Santos in Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.
BOTAFOGO 2 X 1 FLAMENGO
BOTAFOGO – Gatito Fernández; Marcinho, Joel Carli, Igor Rabello and Gilson (Moisés); Rodrigo Lindoso, Matheus Fernandes, Leonardo Valencia (Renatinho), Luiz Fernando (Rodrigo Pimpão) and Erik; Brenner. Technical: Zé Ricardo.
FLAMENGO – César; Pará (Rodinei), Léo Duarte, Réver and Renê; Cuéllar (Diego), William Arão, Éverton Ribeiro (Marlos Moreno) and Lucas Paquetá; Uribe and Vitinho. Technical: Dorival Júnior.
GOLS – Erik at the age of 18 and Leo Valencia at the 28th minute of the first half. Vitinho 3 minutes to the second half.
ARBITRATION – Bráulio da Silva Machado (SC).
YELLOW CARDS – Rodrigo Lindoso, Gatito Fernández, Joel Carli and Gilson (Botafogo). Cuéllar, Diego, Lucas Paquetá, Réver, Willian Arão and Renê (Flamengo).
INCOME – R 169.885 USD.
PUBLIC – 16 882 payable (19 267 in total).
LOCAL – Engenhão, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ).