Flamengo vs. Olimpia – Match Report – August 18, 2021

Flamengo vs.  Olimpia - Match Report - August 18, 2021

The Brazilian Flamengo beat Paraguayan Olimpia 5-1 with authority on Wednesday with another two goals from Gabigol and qualified for the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores, where they will face the Ecuadorian Barcelona or their backyard rival, Fluminense.

The Rio de Janeiro team came with the eliminatory practically sentenced after the 1-4 achieved in the first leg, but today they gave a new win to the around 10,000 fans who attended the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia.

The ‘Fla’ resolved the match in six inspired minutes of the first half, with goals from Gabigol, a pass from Rodinei, and Bruno Henrique, who headed a measured center from Uruguayan De Arrascaeta.

The Asuncion team, led by interim Enrique Landaida after the resignation of Uruguayan coach Sergio Orteman, closed the gap thanks to a marvel from Jorge Recalde in the last minute of the first half.

But Flamengo took the roll in the second half. Willian Arao scored the third for the Rio de Janeiro squad in 49; the central Saúl Salcedo, in own goal, put the fourth in the 55, and Gabigol, of head, repeated in the 77, in the middle of the flamenguista party.

Two goals for an inspired Gabriel Barbosa, as in the first leg. Unstoppable.

Before the opening whistle, Olimpia’s feat seemed almost impossible: to overcome a 1-4 in Brazilian territory. Even so, the historic Paraguayan team came out with all the attitude to try, although in vain.

He turned his offensive game down the left wing, where he tried to overflow with Ramón Sosa, and left the goal in the hands of a hustler like Roque Santa Cruz, who at 40 years of age continues to be a problem for rivals.

Flamengo barely took a chance and let Olimpia explore his territory. When he had possession, Renato Gaúcho’s squad was dedicated to making a windshield, circulating the ball from one side to the other, without creating danger.

At the end of the first twenty minutes, no team had shot on target.

In that parsimony, the Rio team had to do little to open the can and leave the Paraguayans’ desire to come back to nothing.

Everton Ribeiro gave a luxury pass to Rodinei, who advanced unopposed into the area and crossed low for Gabigol, who only had to put his foot to score in the 30th minute. First shot on goal, first goal for Flamengo and final elimination round .

It was a jug of cold water for Olimpia, who before realizing it received the second in another play braided by the ‘magnificent fours’ of Flamengo.

Gabigol started a counterattack and Everton Ribeiro continued, who connected with De Arrascaeta, who first crossed at the far post at the head of Bruno Henrique, in the 36th minute.

Before the break, Recalde gave the visitors some life with a goal of pure class in which he left Diego Alves and Léo Pereira sitting with a feint before swinging the net.

In the second half, Olimpia, helpless, embraced the tough game. Sosa and Ojeda received yellow trails in just two minutes. Flamengo responded with another goal, the work of Arao after catching a rebound from Aguilar to a header from Pereira.

With the gale installed, De Arrascaeta took another masterful corner kick in the direction of Pereira, but Salcedo arrived before and, inadvertently, put the ball into his goal. 4-1, the nightmare was repeated, now in Brasilia.

Gabigol, who already scored two in the first leg and is the current top scorer of the Libertadores, with ten, closed the account for a ‘Fla’ that tonight was steamroller and at times reminded the team that in 2019 it was proclaimed champion.

– Data sheet:

5. Flamengo: Diego Alves; Rodinei (m.75, Matheuzinho), Léo Pereira, Bruno Viana, Filipe Luís (m.70, Ramon); Willian Arao, Diego Rivas Éverton Ribeiro (m.59, Pedro); Giorgian de Arrascaeta (m.59, Michael), Gabriel Barbosa and Bruno Henrique (m.58, Vitinho).

Coach: Renato Gaúcho.

1. Olimpia: Alfredo Aguilar; Sergio Otálvaro, Mateo Gamarra, Saúl Salcedo, Iván Torres; Richard Ortiz (m.79, Jordán Santacruz), Braian Ojeda, Ramón Sosa (m.54, Hugo Quintana), Jorge Recalde (m.60, Néstor Camacho), Derlis González (m.79, Fernando Cardozo); and Roque Santa Cruz (m.59, Walter González).

Coach: Enrique Landaida.

Goals: 1-0, m.30: Gabigol. 2-0, m.36: Bruno Henrique. 2-1, m.45: Jorge Recalde. 3-1, m.49: Willian Arao. 4-1, m.55: Saúl Salcedo, in his own goal. 5-1, m.77: Gabigol.

Referee: Venezuelan Jesús Valenzuela admonished Sosa, Ojeda, Vitinho, Otálvaro, Bruno Viana and Gamarra.

Incidents: second leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores played at the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia before some 10,000 spectators. EFE

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