Palmeiras, Flamengo and Barcelona go to the Libertadores quarters

07/22/2021 at 05:16 CEST


The Palmeiras will face Sao Paulo in a Brazilian duel of the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores, after eliminating the Catholic University Chilean, whom he defeated again this Wednesday by 1-0 in a game in which he showed the stripes that accredit him as the current champion. The team of Portuguese Abel Ferreira, who came with the tranquility of the 0-1 of the first leg, won thanks to the goal of lateral Marcos Rocha in the 36th minute, although there could be many more if not for the outstanding performance of the Chilean goalkeeper Sebastián Perez. La Católica was overwhelmed for most of the evening by the superiority and solidity of Palmeiras, who seem determined to fight to the end to revalidate the continental title they won last season. In the quarterfinals he will have one of his biggest opponents, the Sao Paulo of the Argentine Hernán Crespo, who already stole the Paulista Championship of 2021 and now threatens his reign in the South American tournament. It will be a difficult stumbling block that, however, already guarantees Brazil a semifinalist.

Tonight, at the Allianz Parque, the Católica only showed signs of life in the first minutes of the game and in the second half, when Palmeiras, already ahead, settled for the victory by the minimum. The best opportunities for Poyet’s box came on strategy plays. One of the most dangerous was ended at the start of the match by Zampedri, who invented a scissors shot inside the area, but it was already loose at Weverton’s hands.

With the ball rolling, the Chileans always took forever to put together the attack. The delay made it impossible to create superiority on the wings or surprise the rear of the orderly Brazilian team. Halfway through the first half, Palmeiras, almost accidentally, had three clear chances to score. The avalanche of opportunities started with a Deyverson Chilean sock crashing into the post; then Pérez broke up, with his face as a shield, a hand in hand with Wesley; and to finish the Chilean goalkeeper deflected a point-blank header from Deyverson at the exit of a corner. La Católica recoiled excessively before the advance of the American champions, who had in Gustavo Scarpa their most creative footballer and in Veiga and Wesley their main assets to unbalance. The insistence had its reward before the break. Wesley, unopposed, saw Veiga arrive inside the area. The Brazilian playmaker hit the wood, but the rebound fell into the boots of Rocha, who calmly fired first to release the scoreboard.

In the resumption, Renan forgave the second for Palmeiras, to center with the outside of Rocha. Pérez was the culprit of keeping hope alive for the visitors until the end, although now the draw was no longer worth them, they had to come back. Poyet didn’t like the outlook and made three swings within ten minutes of the second round. The team improved slightly. Valencia had the tie in his head in the umpteenth set piece that Abel Ferreira’s men defended poorly.

La Católica took up the initiative again in a pyrrhic way because the best opportunities continued to fall on the Palmeiras side, but there was Pérez, omnipresent, to take another miraculous hand from Zé Rafael’s shot. He was the only one who was saved from Poyet’s team, flat and without alternatives in front of the hierarchy of a Palmeiras that remains firm towards its third Libertadores.

Flamengo eliminates the champion of the South American

The Flamengo, current Brazilian champion, qualified this Wednesday for the quarterfinals at thrashing Defense and Justice 4-1 after last week’s 0-1 victory in the first leg in Argentina. After eliminating the 2020 South American champion and the Recopa from the Libertadores, the most popular club in Brazil will now have to face the winner of the match between the Brazilian Internacional and the Paraguayan Olympia in the quarterfinals.

Flamengo, champion of the Libertadores in 2019 and one of the favorites for the title this year, dominated practically the entire match and opened the scoring at 8 minutes through Rodrigo Caio, but a blunder by goalkeeper Diego Alves allowed Loaiza tie at the end of the first half. The winning goals were scored in the second half by the Uruguayan Giorgian de Arrascaeta Y Vitinho, with two goals.

This Wednesday’s game, with the attendance of some 8,000 spectators, including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, was the first with ticket sales to the public since the start of the pandemic in Brazil. It had been 521 days since the Mané Garrincha stadium had received an audience, which was nevertheless much less than the authorized one (18,000 spectators).

Flamengo, with almost all of their starters back after losing them in the Copa América or recovered from injuries, started the game in an overwhelming way thanks to the speed plays on the left of Bruno Henrique, who from the first minutes showed that it would complicate the game. match rival defenders. The Brazilian champion only needed 9 minutes to open the scoring in a corner kick served by Everton Ribeiro and that defender Rodrigo Caio, back to the team after the injury he suffered in the Copa América, finished off with a header.

Despite the early advantage that already guaranteed their classification, the Rio de Janeiro team remained permanently on the attack and in the following minutes generated other chances to score with Bruno Henrique and Gabigol, almost always enabled by De Arrascaeta, who crashed a ball on the crossbar. Flamengo maintained a clear dominance in the first half, in which the Argentine team only tried a few counterattacks, to the point that goalkeeper Diego Alves practically did not have to intervene. But on one of the few occasions when the ball reached his goal, Alves made a serious mistake when trying to get out playing with his feet, left the ball in the hands of a rival and allowed Raúl Loaiza, totally free, to tie the game at the 41 minutes.

After having been a steamroller in the first half, Flamengo returned more content for the second half after a goal that, although guaranteed in the quarterfinals, put their classification at risk. The Defense and Justice managed to enter the game more and in the first minutes it became the one with the greatest initiative. But the coach of the Brazilian champion, Renato Gaúcho, decided to bet on victory and sent the young and fast attacker Michael to the field in the place of midfielder Éverton Ribeiro. The change took effect immediately, Flamengo was the same as the first half and Michael, with speed plays on the right, unbalanced the game. It was precisely in a shot that Michael hit the crossbar that De Arrascaeta appeared to score Flamengo’s second goal with a header.

With the entry of the attacker Vitinho, another bet by Renato Gaúcho, the Rio de Janeiro team increased their pressure even more and the newcomer only needed two minutes on the court to increase the advantage after taking advantage of an assistance from Arrascaeta. After the wide advantage, Flamengo only had to manage the score in the last ten minutes. But Vitinho himself, in the last minute of the game, put the final figures with a new goal.

Barcelona come back and go to the quarterfinals at the expense of Vélez

The Barcelona recovered this Wednesday the 1-0 defeat suffered last week in Argentina and beat Vélez Sarsfield 3-1, so he went to the quarterfinals after an intense match played at the Monumental “Isidro Romero Carbo” stadium in Guayaquil. The Ecuadorian club awaits its rival, who will emerge from the winner of the series between Cerro Porteño and Fluminense.

Ecuadorian striker Adonis Preciado scored in the 23rd minute, Velez’s scorer Juan Martín Lucero tied in the 47th minute, midfielder Gabriel Cortéz put Barcelona ahead in the 66th minute, and left winger Jonathan Perlaza converted the qualifying goal in the 80th minute. The three goals for Barcelona came from the team’s substitute bench, as the Argentine-Ecuadorian Damián Díaz was replaced before the game due to a health complication by Cortéz; Michael Hoyos did not play either due to injury and was succeeded by Preciado; while Perlaza, who entered through Cortéz at minute 79, was in charge of converting the qualifying goal.

Vélez put his lines together to reduce spaces, especially in the middle of the court, he put emphasis on defense and speculated with some defensive error by the local. Barcelona came out urgently to reach the tie, but each attempt was unsuccessful due to the large number of the opposing defense; however, in the 17th minute, Paraguayan defender Williams Riveros smashed his shot off the crossbar.

The insistence paid off with a deep pass from midfielder Gabriel Cortéz between the opposing defenders in search of attacker Carlos Garcés, who set up a precise shot on goal by Valued, which was launched in a wheelbarrow to hit the ball in the 23rd minute. After the goal, Vélez sought and managed to take the rhythm of Barcelona’s game, went on to develop offensive actions, but without clarity and forcefulness in his attack, modalities with which he surprised with the end of the first half to both teams.

At the beginning of the second half, Vélez advanced the lines and with a center from the left side of attacker Lucas Janson, he found the scorer in a good position. bright Star, who headed and scored between defenders Riveros and Mario Pineida.

The second goal for Barcelona was scored Courteous, from a penalty, in the 66th minute, after he was fouled in the area. The third marked it Pearl on the first ball he touched, after replacing midfielder Cortéz in the minute before, in the 80th minute, after a cross into the visiting area, under pressure from Garcés and Uruguayan attacker Gonzalo Mastriani.

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