Two teams, two different times and two points lost. Flamengo, who arrived at Maracanã on Sunday morning to appear firmly in Palmeiras’ rearview mirror, is still at the same distance of seven points to lead the Brasileirão, and the explanation is even simple: of the 90 minutes they played only 45
Dorival maintained the strategy of saving the holders for the Cups even with the big advantage over Vélez in the Libertadores semi, and the alternative team did not give the expected response. Flamengo in the first half was slow and without the necessary dynamics to find spaces in Ceará’s well-placed defense.
Everton Cebolinha and Nino Paraíba in Flamengo vs Ceará — Photo: André Durão / ge
The ball circulated slowly through the middle, and Varela and Ayrton Lucas were not exploited at speed by the sides – even if they gave them an option. The game was in the style of a Ceará that blocked the entrance of the area and explored the speed of Mendoza in the counterattack.
And that’s how they took the lead in a first half where Flamengo piled up crosses – only corners were six -, but did little harm to João Ricardo’s goal. And it was in one of those corners that the cut ball landed at the feet of Mendonza who started with the marking of Pulgar and served Jô to touch the corner: 1 x 0 and disappointment in Maracanã.
The numbers help to show Flamengo’s difference from one time to the next: in the first, 57% of possession and 5 submissions. In the second, 70% possession and 10 shots. As a result of the entries still in the range of Matheuzinho, Vidal, Éverton Ribeiro and Pedro.
With greater technical quality and physical strength, Flamengo leaned into the attacking field and quickly reached the tie with Gabriel, who completed the 200th game for the club and scored the 100th goal in the Brasileirão. Shirt 9 landed with his head on the second pole after a cross from the left.
The tie at eight gave the impression that Flamengo would leave like an avalanche to press for the comeback. That’s not what happened.
Best moments of Flamengo 1 x 1 Ceará for the 25th round of the Brazilian Championship
Ceará started to chip away at the game and abuse the wax to pass the time. The situation was unnerving a Flamengo who was more concerned with time than building plays. When he did, he stopped at João Ricardo inspired by submissions by David Luiz and Pedro.
Gabigol was still sent off at the end and Flamengo outlined a pressure with Matheus França, Vidal and Cebolinha. It was not enough.
Flamengo from two teams and two different times left two points at Maracanã. Follow the distance of seven to Palmeiras.
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