Libertadores: Flamengo fall to pieces

May 8, 2008 at 00:13 5 comments

 

(updated 8 May) Flamengo got it all wrong in the Maracanã on Wednesday when they collapsed 3×0 to América of Mexico and were dumped out of the Libertadores.

4×2 up from the first leg, Fla were expected to coast through in coach Joel Santana’s (photo) last game in charge before he takes over at South Africa. But everything went pear-shaped after Cabañas scored on the 20th minute mark. Esqueda then made it 2×0 before Cabañas got his second. At the final whistle, Flamengo left the pitch watched in silence by a stunned crowd. New coach Caio Júnior will now take over and he will quickly have to lift the spirits before Fla’s first game in the Brasileiro this weekend.

(best moments here)

Flamengo were not the only side to exit the competition. Cruzeiro went out after a 2×1 home defeat to Boca juniors. The holders continue to be Brazil’s bête noir as this was the tenth time in a row that the Argentine’s had put out a Brazilian club in the playoffs. Cruzeiro’s Wagner scored a breathtakingly acrobatic goal but that will be small consolation for the Belo Horizonte side.

See the best moments here

São Paulo had Adriano and Dagoberto to thank for their 2×0 win over Nacional of Uruguay in the Morumbi. But again, Muricy Ramalho’s team were far from convincing.

Earlier in the week, Fluminense squeezed past Colombia’s Atlético Nacional. Renato Gaúcho’s team will now clash with São Paulo in the quarters.

Santos are away at Colombia’s Cucuta on Thursday. The boys from the Vila have a 2×0 lead from the first leg. The winners will take on América.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lech  |  May 8, 2008 at 09:51

    Hi!
    Greta blog! In my blog (link above) I write about the Brazilian club football regularily. Unfortunately, my blog is In Polish….
    Abracos!

    Reply
  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  May 8, 2008 at 18:17

    Hi Lech!
    thanks for your support! good luck with your Polish blog!
    abrs

    Reply
  • 3. Jaro1910  |  May 10, 2008 at 12:17

    Hi!
    This blog is very good and fine. I’m from Poland. I’m fooball fan. I look on Widzew Lodz( Widzew is Polish club. I ask on my blog.

    Reply
  • 4. pitacodogringo  |  May 10, 2008 at 12:31

    Hi Jaro

    thanks!

    one of your fellow countrymen is writing about Brazilian football in Polish so you may be interested in this as well:

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    Reply
  • 5. Jaro1910  |  May 10, 2008 at 17:10

    Thanks you Pitacodogringo:)

    Reply

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