Flamengo take giant step in Libertadores

May 1, 2008 at 01:12 4 comments

Three out of four Brazilian clubs had a more than satisfactory night on Wednesday in the Copa Libertadores.

Flamengo are firmly on top after pulling off a 4×2 away win at Mexico’s América. Barring all disasters, Fla should now make the quarter-finals of the competion. The result has led to speculation that coach Joel Santana may delay his move to manage South Africa until Flamengo finish their run in the tournament. See the goals here.

Fla’s neighbours Fluminense are also in a strong position after a 2×1 win at Colombia’s Nacional Medellin.

São Paulo rode their luck but managed to hold Nacional to a 0x0 draw in Uruguay and are expected to do the business in the Morumbi next week.

The only black spot of the night was Cruzeiro’s 2×1 loss at Boca Juniors.

 

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Martin  |  May 1, 2008 at 15:19

    Cruzeiro aren’t in bad shape either though after only losing 2-1 at Boca. And they should have been awarded a penalty late in the first half for Maidana’s handball. He handled it not once but twice on the play! I thought Cruzeiro looked dangerous when they attacked Boca’s defense. They just need to be careful not to give up fouls near the penalty area in the return leg as that is where Riquelme can be so dangerous (just ask Gremio from last year’s final).

    America of Mexico may be in a horrible slump and can’t defend but any team that goes to Mexico D.F. and wins by two goals in the altitude and smog there is doing something right. I’m impressed with the size and speed of Flamengo’s team. Pleae keep us posted on Joel Santana’s status as the club’s coach.

    Fluminense didn’t really look that good against a 10 man Atletico Nacional but they were efficient with the few chances they did have on the road and with a road win plus 2 goals in their favor they’re all but assured a quarterfinal place.

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  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  May 1, 2008 at 15:34

    Hi Martin
    thanks for the comments.
    I have some news on Joel Santana.
    On Thursday morning, Fla vice president, Kléber Leite, said that there’s little chance that the coach will stay at the club. Santana’s replacement is expected to be announced on Monday.

    Inter’s Abel Braga, Geninho at Atlético Mineiro, and Goiás’ Caio Júnior, are being linked with the post.

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  • 3. Merengue  |  May 1, 2008 at 19:31

    With the money South Africa are offering Joel Santana, nobody can blame him for taking the money. I too thought Flamengo looked very good last night but if the coach does leave after this weekend’s Carioca state final then it will be interesting to see how Flamengo adjusts to a new coach in the middle of the Libertadores’ elimination stages.

    Sao Paulo obtained a good result at Nacional in Uruguay. With Adriano supplying the goals and Alex Silva leading the defense and Rogerio Ceni in goal, I think Sao Paulo has a team which will be difficult to beat in a two legged series of matches.

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  • 4. pitacodogringo  |  May 2, 2008 at 13:42

    Santana said something like he’d earn more with South Africa in 30 months than he had in 30 years of coaching!!

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