Lucas Moura scores on his debut as a starter and Flamengo draws in injury time.
Flamengo started with: Matheus Cunha, Wesley, Fabrício Bruno, Léo Pereira, Ayrton Lucas; Thiago Maia (Gerson), Allan, Arrascaeta (Everton Ribeiro); Victor Hugo (Luiz Araújo), Bruno Henrique, Gabriel (Pedro).
Meanwhile, São Paulo lined up with: Jandrei, Nathan, Diego Costa, Alan Franco, Welington (Raí Ramos); Gabriel Neves (Negrucci), Alisson (Nestor), Michel Araújo; Lucas (Wellington Rato), Juan, Alexandre Pato (James Rodríguez).
The match at Maracanã started off tight, at a slow pace, where both teams exchanged passes without threatening the opponent. As a result, one of the first dangerous moments of the game was a beautiful goal scored by Lucas Moura. In the 38th minute, the forward received the ball far from the goal, calmly maneuvered past Thiago Maia and Wesley, and struck from outside the box with power to beat goalkeeper Matheus Cunha.
Flamengo posed a threat with Gabigol in the final minutes of the first half. First with Arrascaeta, who lofted a pass, but the striker shot wide when facing the goalkeeper. Later, São Paulo made a mistake in their build-up play, Arrascaeta passed to Gabigol, who struck a low shot from inside the area, saved by Jandrei.
Tricolor dominated the first half, as even though they didn’t create as much, they managed to have more control over the game. On the other hand, Flamengo struggled to accelerate and penetrate the opponent’s area, showing little aggressiveness.
In the second half, Flamengo had more possession, while the Tricolor retreated in search of counterattacks, without much success.
Despite having more of the ball, the Rubro-Negro didn’t pose much danger. They attempted shots from medium range, which Jandrei comfortably saved.
São Paulo came close to extending their lead in the 29th minute, with a swift counterattack. Juan received a perfectly timed cross but sent his shot over the goal. A few minutes later, Rodrigo Nestor made a good run down the right and passed to James at the edge of the box, but the Colombian’s shot went wide.
Luiz Araújo nearly equalized with an individual effort, sprinting down the right, cutting inside, but his finish went to the right of the goal.
In the 40th minute, James delivered a splendid pass to Wellington Rato, who sprinted with speed into the area but missed the target with his shot.
Flamengo’s equalizer came at the last moment, from a highly controversial penalty decision that led to strong protests from the São Paulo players. Luiz Araújo entered the box, was touched by Michel Araújo, and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. In the 50th minute, Pedro converted the penalty kick.
During the week, both teams have commitments in the Copa do Brasil semifinals. Flamengo will face Grêmio at Maracanã, while São Paulo will play against Corinthians at Morumbi.
In the round’s kickoff at Engenhão, Inter took the lead with Maurício capitalizing on a bizarre error by Lucas Perri, but Botafogo calmly turned the match around in the second half, netting goals from Victor Sá, Nico Hernández (own goal), and Luis Henrique.
Atlético-MG 1×0 Bahia
In the Sunday morning 11 am match, Galo triumphed over Bahia at Mineirão. The lone goal of the match was struck by Paulinho, reconciling with the fans after his missed opportunity in the Libertadores elimination against Palmeiras.
América-MG 0x1 Goiás
In a strong recovery campaign in the Brazilian Championship under Armando Evangelista, Goiás defeated América at Independência with a goal from Lucas Halter.
Corinthians 3×1 Coritiba
After a poor first half, Corinthians staged a comeback in the second half and defeated Coritiba in a comeback victory at Itaquera, with goals from Gil, Yuri Alberto, and Wesley. The goal in favor of Coritiba was an own goal by defender Murilo.
Grêmio 2×1 Fluminense
Grêmio staged a comeback victory against Fluminense at the Arena, in a match filled with complaints from Flu, who protested a clear penalty not given for Nino. Cano opened the scoring, and Bitello and Ferreirinha turned the game around.
Santos suffers humiliation and concedes another heavy defeat in the Brazilian Championship. At Castelão, Fortaleza’s goal-fest unfolded solely in the second half, featuring strikes from Machuca, João Basso (own goal), Caio Alexandre, and Bruno Pacheco.
Palmeiras scores in the final minute at Allianz Parque and takes over the second spot in the standings. The goal was netted by Flaco López.
Bragantino 1×1 Vasco
Bragantino misses the opportunity to close in on the top positions and settles for a draw against Vasco at Nabi Abi Chedid. The goals were scored by Vegetti and Gustavinho.
Athletico-PR 2×0 Cuiabá
At the end of the round, Athletico-PR beat Cuiabá 2-0 at Ligga Arena. The goals were scored by Canobbio and Bruno Zapelli.
Written by Henry Miller.