Flamengo – Corinthians: Flamengo Close In On Title After Convincing Win Over Corinthians (4-1)
Flamengo began as the dominant side, but waned as the half progressed. However, thanks to Bruno Henrique’s brace in injury time, they carried a 2-0 lead into the break. The striker scored his third of the game just after the second half kicked off and, although Corinthians scored a few minutes later, the hosts recovered their form and were the better side for the remainder of the game - going so far as to add a fourth goal.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
With nine games to go in the Brasileiro, Flamengo lead the table - eight points clear of second placed Palmeiras. However, their lead shrunk from ten points after their seven-match winning streak was snapped by a draw against Goiás last week. Manager, Jorge Jesus, made five changes to his starting eleven, as Rafinha and Renê, two new fullbacks, came into the team. In midfield, Gerson replaced Robert Piris. Striker Gabriel Barbosa missed out on the squad and in his place, Reinier started next to Bruno Henrique in a 4-4-2 formation. Moreover, the suspended goalkeeper César was replaced by Diego Alves.
Things are much more dire for Corinthians, who have gone seven straight matches without a win. As a result, the team has dropped out of the Copa Libertadores places and sits in seventh position. In what later turned out to be his final game as Corinthians manager, Fábio Carille made three changes to his team: switching from the 4-1-4-1 shape he employed in the previous match to a 4-4-2 formation. In center-back Bruno Méndez and left fullback Carlos Augusto, two new faces were added . . .