Flamengo – Goiás: Merciless Flamengo Down Goiás In Jorge Jésus’ New Formation (6-1)

The packed Estádio da Gávea pitted third place Flamengo against Goiás, who occupied seventh place in the Campeonato Brasileiro. An electric start became ugly for the visiting side as three goals in five minutes ended any hope of a comeback. A Giorgian de Arrascaeta masterclass was the highlight of the game, as five goal contributions sunk a helpless Goiás defense.

Tactical analysis and match report by Tom Quartly

Two wins in their last two Série A matches saw Jorge Jesus’ Flamengo side come into this one on a solid vein of form. Still in the Copa do Brasil, fixture congestion could have been an issue as Gustavo Cuéllar made way for attacking midfielder Diego in Jesus’ new 4-1-3-2 shape. The change from the usual 4-2-3-1 shape would be an interesting watch. Instead of one of the two having to play on the outside, strikers Bruno Henrique and Gabigol were now instilled as a strike partnership. In their backs, Vitinho made way for Everton Ribeiro. 

It was also the first Flamengo match for Rafina, who has ended his long spell as Bayern Munich squad player. His first Brazilian domestic league match since 2005, bringing an instant upgrade to Flamengo's defense.

Manager Claudinei Oliveira set up Goiás in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation. Yago and Rafael Vaz partnered up in central defense; Goiás had only conceded eight goals so far this season and this partnership was the cornerstone in their solid defensive organization. Kayke Rodrigues had been the perfect ponta da lança A ponta . . .

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