Fluminense – Flamengo: Both Teams Waste Chances To Grab Derby Victory (0-0)
An enthralling and energetic derby ended goalless as Fluminense and Flamengo battled it out for the crown of Rio de Janeiro. Thanks to an aggressive press and high turnovers, Flamengo had the upper hand early, but as time went on, Fluminense got back into the match and had opportunities of their own.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
When it comes to derbies in Brazil, none are quite as big as the Clássico das Multidões, or Fla - Flu, as it is more commonly known. Like many football rivalries, this began when one grew out of the other, a disagreement between players led nine Fluminense players to leave and create Flamengo, which built one of the longest and colorful derbies in South America.
Despite being so close in terms of distance, the league table has these two teams at different ends. Flamengo have started the Brasileiro Serie A season where they left off the last, higher up in the table and beginning the campaign strong.
Fluminense are at the opposite end, 17th in the standings and have conceded the most goals in the league going into the derby. Fernando Diniz’s team have lost their first five out of seven games, but there has been a glimmer of hope recently; 17-year-old João Pedro leading the line, scoring three times in the league and recently hit a beautiful overhead kick in the 97th minute to equalize against Cruzeiro in the Copa do Brasil.
Due to a number of the squad riddled with injury problems, Fluminense made six changes in total from their last league game – a 3-0 defeat to Athletico Paranaense . . .