A goalkeeper who has not played for almost two years has become one of Flamengo’s hopes this Thursday, November 30th, in the second round of the semifinals of the 2017 edition of the Copa Sudamericana. At the Metropolitano Roberto Melendez stadium in Barranquilla, will face the Colombians of Atlético Junior. The start of the confrontation is scheduled for 10:30 pm (Brasília time).
In Rio de Janeiro, the red-blacks were at a disadvantage on the scoreboard, but managed to turn to 2-1. Thus, they will secure their place in the decision if they win or draw. If you can score at least two goals, even a minimum margin loss will do. Due to the criterion of the qualified goal, success by 1 to 0 gives the place vacancy, which will also advance if they win by two goals or more. Repeat of 2 to 1 takes the decision for the penalties.
Atlético Junior’s recent performance
The Colombian Federation, however, did not give due importance to its affiliate’s participation in the competition. He scored for the night of Monday, November 27, the first game of the Junior against America of Cali, in the house of the rival, in the first phase of kills of the local championship. He ended up getting the goalless draw and keeping well in contention.
This despite the club having achieved the first place in the qualifying stage by reaching 39 points (12 wins, three draws and five losses). The knockout was opened on Saturday, November 25. The top scorers preferred not to give two more days to help prepare for Atletico Junior.
The excellent home performance of the club, however, makes their fans hope to upset. In the Colombian Championship, the team reached 25 (eight wins, one draw and one defeat) of the 30 possible points. The only defeat happened for the Santa Fe, 1-0, when the berth at the decisive stage was already guaranteed.
At Sula, the team also did not lose at home. It made its debut already in the second phase. He had two draws with him also with Deportivo Cali. In his dominions, it survived to take the best in the decision by penalties in the second game.
Against Cerro Porteño, in the next stage, drew without a goal in Paraguay and won, at home, by 3 to 1. In the quarterfinals, the victim was Sport, who lost 2-0 in Recife. Thus, in Barranquila, Júnior simply managed the advantage and held the goalless draw.
The current form of Flamengo
Goal has been a problem for Flamengo. Not just marking them, but the ease with which you suffer them. Especially when the goalkeeper Wall is in the goal. After being criticized throughout the year, the athlete ended up losing the position with the hiring of Diego Alves. However, he was given the opportunity to return to the team in the very first match against Atletico Junior.
Alves suffered a serious injury and had to be replaced. Wall came in and did not go well despite the victory. However, the stone that seems to have been definitive in its passage through Flamengo was put on Sunday, November 25, when, for the thirty-seventh round of the Brazilian Championship, it failed in two goals in the defeat for Santos.
The result not only complicated the situation of the club, who still tries to reach via Brasileirão a classification for the 2018 Copa Libertadores of America, as it generated the fans, who asked to leave the team.
Coach Reinaldo Rueda has hinted that he will respond to requests from fans. The problem is with the only replacement you have available. Archer César was fourth goalkeeper of the club at the beginning of the year and has not been active since December 6, 2015, when Rubro-negro, at home, took Palmeiras 2-1 to the Brazilian Championship.
The reserve bench was his preferred place throughout his career, starting in 2013. Since then he has made just 25 appearances and suffered 23 goals. But in desperation, you will have the opportunity to do the one that is certainly the greatest game of your life.
Although the goalkeeper’s lineup has been the center of attention, it is not the only problem of the red-black. The offensive sector is also the target of frequent criticism. In the Maracanã duel, for example, of the 16 attempts to finish, only two were on target. As they both entered, they ended up masking inefficiency in this regard.
In that case, Reinado Rueda even has options, though not many. However, he refuses to give young Vinícius Júnior more time to act. As he can not count on his main striker, the Peruvian Paolo Guerrero, suspended for doping, Fernando Vizeu is still in the spot
History of the bouts between Atlético Júnior and Flamengo
The first leg was the first encounter involving the teams in history.
Although with less time for preparation, regular football presented by Atletico Junior added to the weak performance of Flamengo make the guess in the Colombian team is the best option for the duel. It has a price of 2.65 on Betmotion. Draw yields 2.75 and red-black victory pays 2.95 per invested real.