With a double by Gabriel Barbosa ‘Gabigol’ and other goals by Uruguayan Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Vitinho, Flamengo beat Olimpia 4-1 in Asunción this Wednesday, in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores, and paved the on the way to the semi-finals of the tournament.
Olimpia was about to score the first goal in the first 10 minutes, thanks to a play by Roque Santa Cruz and Walter González, but ‘the Dean’ could not achieve.
After that attack by the premises, Flamengo began to touch the ball against an opponent who was late to the plays.
In the 15th minute, Uruguayan midfielder Giorgian De Arrascaeta dislodged Alfredo Aguilar, Olimpia’s goalkeeper, and scored the first goal of the night for the Brazilians.
The game was suspended for a few minutes due to a slap that De Arrascaeta hit the defender Víctor Salazar, who remained on the ground and had to be taken out on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to a clinic. In his place came the Colombian Sergio Otálvaro.
The scare served the locals to look for the ball again and try to equalize the score, although Flamengo was not willing to facilitate the tie.
When it seemed that Sergio Oterman’s men were dominating again, referee Fernando Rapallini sent off Flamengo defender Filipe Luis for a foul on Ramón Rojas.
With the consultation with the VAR, Rapallini annulled the red to the Brazilian and Flamengo took the opportunity to score the second goal, in minute 45 + 12, thanks to Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa, from a penalty.
About the end of the first half, Iván Torres discounted and scored the first goal for ‘El Decano’.
Flamengo frustrated the Paraguayans’ comeback expectations when at 52 minutes he scored the third goal and the second of the night for ‘Gabigol’.
But the ‘Mengao’ wanted to go for more and had time to extend the account at 91 minutes through Vitinho, who entered the 82, to sentence the final 1-4.
– Data sheet:
1. Olimpia: Alfredo Aguilar; Víctor Salazar (m.30, Sergio Otálvaro), Saúl Salcedo, Richard Ortiz, Iván Torres; Derlis González (m.93, Néstor Camacho) and Edgardo Orzusa (m.74, Hugo Quintana); Braian Ojeda and Ramón Sosa; Roque Santa Cruz and Walter González (m.74, Jorge Recalde).
Coach: Sergio Orteman.
4. Flamengo: Dani Alves; Isla (71, Matheuzinho), Léo Pereira, Gustavo H. and Filipe Luís (71, Ramon); Willian Arao and Diego Rivas (m.82, Vitinho); Éverton Ribeiro (m.87, Michael), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (m.82, Thiago Maia) and Gabriel Barbosa; Bruno Henrique.
Coach: Renato Gaúcho.
Goals: 0-1, m.15: From Arrascaeta. 0-2, m. 45 + 12: Gabriel Barbosa, from a penalty. 1-2, m. 45 + 14: Iván Torres. 1-3, m.52: Gabriel Barbosa. 1-4, m.91: Vitinho.
Referee: Argentine Fernando Rapallini admonished Ortiz, Orzusa, González, Filipe Luís, Henrique, Salcedo, Isla and De Arrascaeta.
Incidents: first leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores, played at the Manuel Ferreira stadium, in Asunción. EFE