Flamengo Wins America-MG has seen them rise to a place on the Brazilian leaderboard for the first time in many years. However, if they want to keep that position, they need to be able to continue winning. And that is where a few players are stepping up to the plate.
One of the most successful clubs in Brazil, Flamengo, has just achieved a major milestone. After a three-year spell of mediocrity, Flamengo has become the top side on the continent. The club is set to take on the defending champions Palmeiras in the November final. It’s a real breakthrough for a player like Carlos Pereira, who was expected to go out on loan to Europe.
Amid an incredible run of results in the Brazilian league, Flamengo have only lost twice. They’ve won nine games and drawn a handful. However, the club has conceded goals in five of the six installations they’ve played this season. Now the team is in desperate need of a win.
On 13th June, Flamengo hosted America-MG in a match of the Brasileirao. During the game, Bruno Henrique and Rodrigo Muniz scored for the home side. However, the visitors went to the break with the score tied at 1-1. As the second half progressed, the visitors tried to equalize the score. In the end, however, the game ended with Flamengo winning 2-1.
How is it?
CR Flamengo have not lost in the last 6 matches. The team has also not conceded a goal in the last 12 away games. These performances make them a very exciting side to watch.
For those who are unfamiliar with the competition, the Copa do Brasil is a South American tournament. The team has won nine of their last ten games and they will be battling defending champions Palmeiras in the final in November. In the first round, they defeated Ecuador’s Barcelona by a score of 1-0. They then drew 1-1 with Corinthians in the third round and went on to win the penalty shootout 6-5.
CR Flamengo have been a dominant force on the continent for the past three seasons. They are a free-flowing club, but their counter-attacking is often dour. This is because they have a number of players who are on international duty. Some of the players include Gabriel Barbosa, Everton Ribeiro and Giorgian de Arrascaeta.
A win for Flamengo in America-MG‘s Brasileirao clash at Maracana on 13th June helped the Brazilian side jump to fourth in the table. The match saw an early goal from Bruno Henrique. After the break, Rodrigo Muniz doubled the score. In the end, America-MG tried to equalise, but the visitors kept on winning.
America-MG are at the bottom of the table with no points from three matches. Their only two victories were in the Primeira Liga cup and the Brazilian Serie A. However, the club has scored eight goals in the last six matches.
Meanwhile, Flamengo have been the dominant force on the continent for the past three seasons. The club is on the brink of the defending champions, Palmeiras, in the upcoming final. They are a team which enjoys free flow football, with their players able to adjust quickly. As a result, they have scored in eleven of their last twelve away games.
Carlos Pereira, who joined America-MG in a loan deal from Manchester United, is expected to be cleared for Wednesday’s Serie A match against Red Bull Bragantino. This will be his first match since he was sent off for an elbow incident.
Gabigol misses his third penalty
Gabriel Barbosa (Gabigol) is a Brazilian soccer player, who has played for various Brazilian teams. He has scored four goals in the Libertadores finals. In his first season with Flamengo, he became the top scorer. Gabigol has been nicknamed “Gabigol” by fans of the club.
Gabriel Barbosa was loaned to Benfica last summer. He is expected to be part of Brazil’s World Cup squad. The Brazilian striker had spent some time with Santos before moving to the Portuguese team.
Flamengo has been playing for the Copa Libertadores for a number of years, but Palmeiras has been standing in their way. However, after a draw with Corinthians in their Copa do Brasil match, they were able to secure a 2-0 win over America-MG. This victory secured them their third Copa Libertadores title.
It’s been five months since Gabigol returned from Benfica, but he’s been doing well with Flamengo. He was named the Libertadores’ top scorer in 2018. And with his goals, Gabigol has become a real star for the team.