Grêmio – Flamengo: With A Late Equalizer, An Experienced Grêmio Survive Flamengo’s Phases of Dominance (1-1)
In the first leg of this Copa Libertadores semi-final, Flamengo’s spectacular attack outplayed a more pragmatic and experienced Grêmio side in the first half hour of the game. However, VAR interruptions allowed Grêmio to regroup and take over the game until the middle of the second half, when Flamengo reacted and got their much-deserved goal. Things were looking grim for Grêmio, but they clinched a late goal on the break that ultimately drew the game.
Tactical analysis and match report by José Pérez.
In the South American game where directness and long balls rule, Grêmio and Flamengo break the mold and attempt more intricate buildup sequences with shorter passes. Thanks to this, Grêmio and Flamengo delivered some exciting and intense football despite the constant VAR interruptions as well as drama and emotions often prevailing over tactics.
Grêmio coach Renato Portaluppi has made it clear that, as much as he would love to win the Brazilian Série A league, the priorities for the club are the cup tournaments, both the Copa do Brasil and the Copa Libertadores. This explains why Grêmio have made it to Copa Libertadores semi-finals for three years in a row, yet their league results and underlying numbers do not reflect the fact that they are one of the strongest teams in South America. Against Flamengo, however, Grêmio had to play with several key absences: captain and starting center-back Geromel, right back Leo Gomes, and attacking . . .