Flamengo stumbled against one of the weakest opponents in this edition of the Copa Libertadores. In the 1-1 with Ñublense, away from home, for the fourth round of Group A, the team from Rio was inefficient, created much less than it should and left the match with a lot of wrong passes.
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There were no less than 70 incomplete passes in the match, an accuracy of just 86%. Numbers that begin to explain a meager performance in clear goal chances and little work for the opposing goalkeeper. Fla left the field after trying only six shots, half compared to the home team.
One more advantage lost
The Red-Blacks had possession of the ball, but in a slow and non-aggressive manner. The Chileans were faster and more aggressive, so much so that they managed to double the chances with just 38% possession. The home team deserved the draw, which adds to other situations in which Flamengo wasted advantages that complicate the club’s life during the season.
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In Libertadores, it happened in the other two away games. Against Aucas and Racing, the Reds also took the lead and lost the lead. Previous skids resulted in a defeat in Ecuador and a draw in Argentina.
“Flamengo will come strong in this window”, says Fred Gomes.
– We put ourselves in this situation, of having a chance of not being the first in the group. We have to classify. We have two games at home, and Flamengo has an obligation to get through the group stage. We cannot let that not happen. We know our obligation, the mistakes we made today. This has been happening during the season, we have not achieved this regularity. The team is not solid, and this will be worked on – said left-back Filipe Luís.
The inconsistency cited by the defender happened at other crucial moments of the season. As in the clashes against Fluminense in the Campeonato Carioca and in the Copa do Brasil and the defeat by Botafogo in the Brasileirão. In all of them, the team had moments of advantage, even in terms of numbers, and failed in terms of efficiency.
Lack of creativity and patience
Flamengo did not start the match well. He had possession and turned the ball, but slowly, which at times made Sampaoli irritated. The attack insisted on the left in the first half and produced little. Worked plays that managed to infiltrate the opposing defense were selected.
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The goal found expressed well the initial difficulty in the match. David Luiz dispatched, Gerson deflected and the ball was only left to Gabigol due to an error by the Chilean defense. Sampaoli tried to change the game with new energy and a tactical change, but the team was unable to be effective even when they launched further forward, after passing Everton Cebolinha to the right wing and putting Ayrton Lucas, more offensive than Filipe Luís, on the left side .
Flamengo will have little time to correct mistakes. The next appointment will be on Saturday, at 6:30 pm (Brasília time), against Cruzeiro, in Maracanã, for the Brasileirão. The red-blacks are in sixth place, with 12 points, six behind leader Botafogo.
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