Flamengo asserted its status as favorite and defeated São Paulo 1-0, on Wednesday night (14) at the Maracanã stadium, to qualify for the final of the Copa do Brasil.
PARTY AND VICTORY OF @Flamengo!
— Copa Intelbras do Brasil (@CopadoBrasil) September 15, 2022
Now, the team led by coach Dorival Júnior awaits the result of the other semifinal, between Corinthians and Fluminense next Thursday (15th) at Neo Química Arena (the first leg ended 2-2 at Maracanã), to find out who will be their opponent in big decision, which is scheduled to be played on the 12th and 19th of October.
In a very comfortable situation, after winning the first leg by 3 to 1, and with the support of more than 62 thousand fans, Rubro-Negro adopted a more conservative stance in the first minutes of the match. However, São Paulo, which bet on plays from the side, created little.
Time passed and Flamengo began to come with more danger to the attack, opening the scoring in the 35th minute, when Pedro played for Everton Ribeiro, who found Arrascaeta, who hit with class on Jandrei’s departure.
Six minutes later, Rubro-Negro had the opportunity to extend the lead. Gabriel Barbosa took advantage of Jandrei’s wrong positioning to finish from cover. However, the goalkeeper recovered and managed to take the ball with a slap in the most emotional move of the initial stage.
The second half started with Flamengo creating a good opportunity after 4 minutes. Arrascaeta launched Gabriel Barbosa on the right. The striker finished locked and the ball was left for João Gomes, who found Pedro, who hit over the goal.
A minute later, São Paulo responded with Luciano, who finished on the post. The ball still remained with Calleri, but the Argentine sent it over the goal defended by Santos.
At 18, Dorival Júnior’s team created another great opportunity, when defender Léo Pereira hit hard at first after a corner kick from Everton Ribeiro. But the ball went out.
PARTIUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! WE ARE IN THE BRAZILIAN CUP FINAL!
— Flamengo (@Flamengo) September 15, 2022
São Paulo even tried to respond, as in Patrick’s header in the 27th minute, but Flamengo was more competent to manage the advantage until the final whistle.