With a goal from Uruguayan Giorgian de Arrascaeta and another two from Gabriel Barbosa ‘Gabigol’, the Flamengo Brazilian thrashed this Tuesday 4-1 at Union La Calera Chilean and remained leader of group G of the Libertadores Cup with full points after two games played.
At the Maracaná stadium in Rio de Janeiro, De Arrascaeta gave the first goal to ‘Gabigol’ in the 31st minute and scored just three later when finishing a counterattack in which Bruno Henrique participated.
The Chilean team, who are playing the Libertadores for the first time, barely showed any initiative in the second half, when they closed the gap through Argentine attacker Sebastián Sáez, in the 57th minute.
In a final arreón, ‘Gabigol’ would mark the second in his private account through a pass from Bruno Henrique in minute 79 and Pedro, who had come off the bench, would put the final 4-1 in 85.
The resounding victory keeps Flamengo at the top of group G, with six points out of six possible, two more than the LDU of Quito, which this Tuesday defeated the Argentine Velez 3-1, bottom without points. La Calera continues with a single point in third position.
Flamengo showed his favoritism, although he had a discreet start. He looked so superior that he started out too relaxed, with a leisurely pace of play. Slow in the movement of the ball, Rogerio Ceni’s pupils did not hit the key until minute 31, when Gerson, De Arrascaeta and ‘Gabigol’ tacked a play at the first touch that the Brazilian striker finished inside the area.
Until then La Calera had endured the Flamenguista dominance without too much trouble, with the idea of surprising the counterattack. But the goal of ‘Gabigol’ completely frayed the team of Argentine coach Luca Marcogiuseppe, who received the second blow when he was overturned in search of a tie.
De Arrascaeta was the architect of the second blow. In a counterattack, the Uruguayan creative connected with Bruno Henrique and he returned the ball to define with great ease against Argentine goalkeeper Alexis Martín Arias. Marcogiuseppe moved the bench at half-time and brought in Jorge Valdivia, 37, an old acquaintance of Brazilian soccer, and Sáez.
The Argentine attacker got inside the first one he had when taking advantage of a long pass from Simón Ramírez that surprised the red and black rear. De Arrascaeta almost scored from a direct free kick minutes later and ‘Gabigol’ protested a possible penalty that was not awarded by the referee.
La Calera also touched the tie in a bad exit of the ball from Flamengo, who again pressed the accelerator in the final stretch with goals from ‘Gabigol’ and Pedro.