Flamengo – Corinthians: Intense Game Epitomized By Late Winner (1-0)
More fouls than one could count and a last minute winner. This game started slow but all it took was a tropical storm to open it right up. Sloppy defending from a late set piece saw Rodrigo Caio free at the back post, as the central defender put the tie to bed. Flamengo went through to the quarter-final and they will find out who they face on Monday.
Tactical analysis and match report by Tom Quartly.
Wednesday’s Copa do Brasil Round of 16 tie saw an in-form Flamengo side pitted against Corinthians. This round was a two-legged tie, adding to the grueling schedule the Brazilian teams have to undergo. It would be the home side that took a 1-0 lead coming into the game at the Maracanã stadium. Flamengo made two changes from the first leg: Robert Piris da Motta came in for Gustavo Cuéllar in the center of midfield. Giorgian de Arrascaeta made way for veteran playmaker Diego in the number ten role.
Wholesale changes in both side and shape gave Corinthians a different look coming into this game. Whilst a 4-2-3-1 formation was used in the first leg, manager Fábio Carille opted for a more restricted 4-1-4-1 shape, with veteran midfielder Ralf anchoring the midfield. Vágner Love operated as a lone striker. He would have a tough task coming up against Flamengo central defenders Léo Duarte and Rodrigo Caio. Caio particularly has been at the peak of his game recently, having been linked to FC Barcelona in the past.
Uninspiring first half dominated by Flamengo possession
The opening . . .