(EFE) – Flamengo closed the group stage of the Copa Libertadores with the leadership of Group G by drawing 0-0 with Vélez Sarsfield, who avoided defeat thanks to his goalkeeper Lucas Hoyos in a match to which the two teams were classified. already for the round of 16.
In the sixth and last day of the group stage, the Rio de Janeiro team was without rhythm and very slow in the first half and only woke up in the second half, when they ran into the inspired Argentine goalkeeper at the Maracana stadium.
The team led by Mauricio Pellegrino put the Brazilians on the ropes, but then they were overtaken by Flamengo and in the end they ended up with one less player after expulsion in injury time from side Francisco Ortega.
With the tie, Flamengo finished leader of the group with 12 points and no losses, followed by Vélez, with 10.
Third, with 8 points, ended the Quito League, which will go on to play the round of 16 of the Copa Sudamericana after beating the Chilean Union La Calera 5-2, which says goodbye with 2 whole.
Flamengo had a very bad first half. The team was slow in the movement of the ball, with little tension in the legs. Erratic. The motivation to guarantee the first position of the group seemed insufficient for the disciples of Rogerio Ceni.
Everything could change if in minute 3 a shot from outside the box by Uruguayan Giorgian de Arrascaeta had not crashed into the post of the goal defended by Hoyos.
From there it was a monologue by the Buenos Aires team, which began to play with ease as if it were on their court.
Midfielder Thiago Almada tried first from outside the area. More danger led to a header from winger Lucas Janson inside the small area that forced Diego Alves to make a save of pure reflexes.
The insecurity of the Rio de Janeiro defense was evident in each ball hung by Pellegrino’s men. Vélez brushed up to the Olympic goal in a corner taken by Federico Mancuello, but again Alves avoided the goal.
In the last ten minutes of the first half, Flamengo stretched a bit, although without putting the visiting team in trouble. Only Pedro, with a cross shot, intimidated Hoyos somewhat.
In the second half, Flamengo radically changed their attitude, while Vélez slowed down. Hoyos then became his best footballer.
Central defender Gustavo Henrique came close to scoring twice. The two head. The first one went over the crossbar, in the second Hoyos appeared. Everton Ribeiro also brushed against him in an individual play on the right that ended with a stretch from the Argentine goalkeeper.
In the last minutes, the harassment of the Rio de Janeiro club intensified. Vitinho almost broke Pellegrino’s wall, but his shot also went high. In the end, distribution of points in this qualifying duel.