De Futebol Flamengo_Fluminense tie. Semifinals up Next

Flamengo and Fluminense tied one all. Flu advances to the finals of the Taça Guanabara.

Globo Esporte:” Mais uma vez o Fluminense saiu sorrindo do clássico contra o Flamengo. Se o tricolor já tinha goleado o rival na temporada (e daí que foi o time reserva?), a equipe de Abel Braga pôde acrescentar à lista a classificação à final da Taça Rio, valendo-se da vantagem do empate. O placar no Nilton Santos foi 1 a 1 e deu ao Flu o direito de enfrentar o Botafogo, domingo, no Maracanã. Ao Fla, resta o consolo de já ter vaga assegurada nas semifinais gerais do Carioca porque foi campeão da Taça Guanabara.

Apesar de ter avançado à final do segundo turno por causa da vantagem de ter sido o primeiro no grupo, o Fluminense não foi um time acomodado nem preguiçoso. O Tricolor foi a campo consciente sobre o comportamento necessário superar o rival mais uma vez. Não seria com um domínio massivo de posse de bola, sobretudo porque o Flamengo joga com mais gente no meio-campo e, tecnicamente, tem mais qualidade com a bola no pé. O Fluminense compensou com organização.

Defensivamente, o time de Abel Braga esteve bem postado, ainda que tenha permitido a característica troca de passes do rival — com pouca geração de lances de perigo. A estratégia do Flu foi sair “na boa”, aproveitando um eventual deslize rubro-negro, que apresentou uma marcação frouxa e cedeu espaço pelas pontas.

Invertendo o ponto de vista sobre o jogo, o Flamengo foi uma orquestra em que os ritmistas atuaram cada um em um compasso. A falta de coesão foi nítida, mesmo quando tinha território para trabalhar a bola na frente.

Somando-se às dificuldades coletivas, alguns jogadores tiveram desempenho muito ruim. Rodinei foi um deles, tanto no apoio quanto na marcação (Ayrton Lucas deu muito trabalho a ele). Henrique Dourado foi outro que jogou muito mal, de novo. No primeiro tempo, não só errou a pontaria em uma rara oportunidade pelo alto como chegou a atrapalhar Diego dentro da área, após um cruzamento bom de Everton Ribeiro. Faltou comunicação e a jogada não vingou. O Ceifador acabou substituído no segundo tempo.

Como a classificação rubro-negra estava condicionada à vitória, as falhas ofensivas do Flamengo se tornaram problema muito mais grave quando a defesa também teve seu blecaute. Todo mundo ficou assistindo à cobrança de escanteio de Sornoza atravessar a área e chegar à cabeça de Gum. Livre, o zagueiro do Flu tocou no canto do indeciso Diego Alves.

O placar foi aberto na reta final do primeiro tempo e, por isso, Carpegiani colocou Vinicius Júnior logo na volta do intervalo. Precisando virar, o Flamengo apresentou um volume de jogo maior, mas continuou esbarrando na marcação tricolor e ainda dando condição a vários contra-ataques do Flu.

Até que o “bumba-meu-boi” deu um certo efeito para o Flamengo. Foi depois de um bate e rebate que a bola sobrou para Everton. O meia pegou na veia e fez um golaço. A emoção veio, mas a virada do Fla, não. O Flu se salvou e está na final.

https://oglobo.globo.com/esportes/fluminense-empata-com-flamengo-decide-taca-rio-com-botafogo-22518183#ixzz5AZXxZIkH

De Futebol Late PK seals England’s Fate a one all Draw!

England gave up a late PK in their match against Italy. The guys tied one all.

The Guardian Andy Taylor:” Just as it was going so well for Gareth Southgate and his players England had their first experience of VAR and a referee using his fingers to make the ‘television’ sign that used to be reserved for games of charades rather than football. James Tarkowski was denied a happy ending to his England debut and, if nothing else, at least it did not take an absolute age for a decision to be made on the penalty that changed the complexion of the evening. For a few moments it had looked as if the official in charge of the monitor could not even elevate it to a position where it was visible. It was a strange ending and, when Lorenzo Insigne tucked the 88th-minute penalty past Jack Butland, that was the first goal England had conceded in six matches. Southgate can be pretty satisfied with that record bearing mind the shutouts include games against Germany and Brazil but the England players were clearly aggrieved after being so close to another encouraging result. The protestations felt entirely pointless, unless the players hoped Deniz Aytekin, the German referee, might run back for a second look and change his mind. Unlikely, and Insigne’s penalty cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s first-half goal. Vardy 1, VAR 1.

Amid all the arguments about whether it was the correct decision – strictly speaking, treading on a player’s foot constitutes a foul, accidental or not – presumably Southgate will also note the way Federico Chiesa, one of the Italian substitutes, went past Tarkowski to create the danger in the first place. It was not the first time the Burnley defender looked uneasy, which was probably to be expected on his first appearance, but at this level these are the kind of moments that can count against a player. England have only two more warm-up matches before the World Cup, against Nigeria and Costa Rica, and Tarkowski’s audition was not seamless.

The late drama spared the Azzurri the ordeal of going four successive games without scoring for the first time in their history and England, in turn, were denied a second successive 1-0 victory against one of the teams they always measure themselves against. Overall, however, it was still a reasonably encouraging night from Southgate’s players. Vardy’s goal was a reminder that Harry Kane’s absence need not be a grievous setback. Raheem Sterling had one of his better England performances and Jesse Lingard justified his selection on a night when Dele Alli was left out of the starting line-up for a second straight game. The one quality England did not lack was pace going forward and that, perhaps, has been the most encouraging part of the last two friendlies without Kane.

Italy certainly provided a sterner test than the Netherlands had in Amsterdam on Friday but, when England took a 27th-minute lead, it was refreshing to see the quick thinking of Southgate’s players, in particular the alertness from Lingard to win the ball from Marco Parolo in midfield and then sense what was possible when the same player clipped Sterling’s ankles for a free-kick. As the two Italians in closest proximity to the ball turned their backs, Lingard took the free-kick quickly out to his right to send Vardy running into the penalty area. The Leicester striker took a touch to steady himself and his shot was still rising as it flew inside the top corner.

Defensively, it was not quite so impressive from England and the home side were lucky, in particular, that Ciro Immobile could not apply a decisive finish from any of three chances inside the opening 16 minutes. Ashley Young might not be treated so leniently in the World Cup should he repeat his first-half challenge on Davide Zappacosta – a tackle that could easily have warranted a red card – and John Stones cannot expect to get away with his first-half mistakes.

Stones’ tendency to find problems that do not really exist is nothing new but it was still startling to see the way, twice in the opening three minutes, his carelessness left Immobile in a dangerous area. The second occasion was particularly alarming as Stones dithered, got his feet tangled up and gave the ball to his opponent, as the last man. Stones is coming up for 24 and, by now, should have grown out of these lapses of concentration.

He later had to go off, having taken a ball to the face, and in fairness to the Manchester City player it was once he had been removed that the team started to look vulnerable again. Southgate also gave Lewis Cook his debut as a substitute but the night will be remembered, ultimately, because of the late controversy and perhaps it was a useful lesson for England when the same technology will be in use at the World Cup.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/27/england-italy-international-friendly-match-report

De Futebol Brasil Defeats Germany in a World Cup Tune Up Match

Brasil got a measure of revenge against Germany. The guys  defeated Germany 1-0 at the Germans house in a World Cup tune up match.

The Guardian” Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in Berlin to end the world champions’ 22-game unbeaten run and restore some lost pride following the humiliating mismatch between the sides in their previous meeting, when Germany crushed the hosts 7-1 in that freakish World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte in 2014.

Gabriel Jesus’s first-half header settled the friendly and provided his side with a welcome confidence boost less than three months before the World Cup starts. Brazil did not concede during the international break as they also defeated Russia 3-0 in Moscow.

Jesus made the breakthrough seven minutes before the interval when the goalkeeper, Kevin Trapp, flapped at his powerful but centrally positioned header and allowed the ball go in. Willian’s cross came in with pace and Jesus was only five metres from goal but the goalkeeper was in position to make the save.

Jesus had missed a good chance minutes earlier when he left two Germany defenders sprawling on a counterattack and then fired over with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Ilkay Gundogan had the home side’s best chance when he mishit the ball after Julian Draxler pulled it back.

The referee, Jonas Eriksson, asked the Brazil captain, Dani Alves, to calm his players down after Toni Kroos felt the effect of yet another robust challenge.

Brazil emerged with more intent after the break, with Antonio Rüdiger blocking Willian and Paulinho drawing a good save from Trapp off the rebound, before Philippe Coutinho fired just over.

Joshua Kimmich produced a vital interception to deny Coutinho, and Jesus missed an open goal from the resultant corner.

At the other end Sandro Wagner twice headed good chances wide but that was as close as Germany got as Brazil adopted a 6-3-1 formation to protect their lead.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/27/germany-brazil-international-friendly-match-report

De Futebolb Flamengo defeats Emelec in Group 4 of The Copa Libertadores!

Flamengo defeated Emelec 2-1 in Group 4 of the Copa Libertadores.

Globo Esportes:” Vinícius Júnior fez, nesta quarta-feira, sua melhor partida como profissional do Flamengo. Mesmo entrando apenas aos 21 minutos do segundo tempo, o jovem atacante, de apenas 17 anos, fez a diferença e levou o rubro-negro à primeira vitória em dois jogos na Libertadores: 2 a 1, de virada, sobre o Emelec, em Guayaquil, no Equador.

– Só estou dando continuidade no profissional ao que eu vinha fazendo na base. Coma ajuda de todos, pude fazer os dois gols – festejou o herói da vitória rubro-negra, que foi festejado pelos companheiros na volta para o vestiário, ao fim da partida. Como mostra o vídeo abaixo:

O primeiro tempo foi aberto, mas o Flamengo, que vinha de empate em casa com o River Plate, não se intimidou em momento algum, criando as melhores chances. Logo aos seis minutos, Diego lançou Éverton Ribeiro na área e Guagua tirou com a mão. Porém, o árbitro paraguaio Mario Diaz de Vivar ignorou o pênalti claríssimo.

Uma das melhores opções ofensivas do time de Paulo César Carpegiani foi Rodinei. Aos 41, o lateral-direito cobrou escanteio, Rhodolfo cabeceou forte, no canto, e Dreer fez uma bela defesa. No minuto seguinte, Rodinei cruzou, e Henrique Dourado cabeceou com perigo. O goleiro equatoriano voltou a aparecer bem aos 10, quando Diego chutou de longe, e a defesa foi em dois tempos.

Numa competição de alto nível quanto a Libertadores, nenhuma equipe pode se dar ao luxo de perder gols. Aos 19, Angulo recebeu livre na entrada da área e chutou para abrir o placar a favor dos equatorianos, num banho de água gelada na boa atuação rubro-negra até então.

Mas o Flamengo tem valores individuais que podem fazer a diferença. Aos 32, Vinícius Júnior, que entrara 11 minutos antes, no lugar de Everton Ribeiro, recebeu de Paquetá na direita, passou por três adversários e soltou a bomba. Um golaço, que deixa no ar a pergunta: como o pode o jovem atacante rubro-negro ser reserva?

O time de Carpegiani poderia ter até virado o placar com Dourado, mas o atacante estava numa noite irreconhecível. Na melhor chance, cabeceou, sozinho e na pequena área, para fora, aos 37.

A noite, no entanto, era de Vinícius Júnior. Aos 39, o atacante tabelou com Diego e tocou colocado no ângulo direito. Festa rubro-negra numa noite que se desenhava trágica no Equador.

https://oglobo.globo.com/esportes/em-noite-de-vinicius-junior-flamengo-derrota-emelec-no-equador-22491206#ixzz59p7hF94m

De Futebol England Defeats Holland 1-0 in a World Cup Tune Up Match

In preparation for 2018 World Cup England defeated the Netherlands 1-0.

The Guardians Daniel Taylor:” It is 49 years since England last won in Amsterdam, with Alf Ramsey as manager, Colin Bell scoring an 84th-minute winner and Emlyn Hughes winning his first cap, so Gareth Southgate and his players are entitled to feel pleased with themselves now they have recorded their first victory here against the Oranjesince the year man set foot on the moon.

After that kind of wait, perhaps it might be slightly impertinent to point out that we saw here why this is regarded as the worst Dutch side for a long time. England certainly chose obliging opponents and on this evidence, with the stadium barely half-full by the final whistle, it is very clear that a win against this lot cannot be considered the prize it once was.

Equally, England can still reflect on a satisfying evening after Jesse Lingard’s winning goal, a clean sheet for Jordan Pickford and – if we are to be grateful for small mercies – nothing too horrendous from the end decorated with St George’s flags.

Well, apart from the usual brainless attempt to drown out another country’s national anthem. Over two days, more than 100 England fans have been arrested but at least when it comes to the actual football it was the other country who should be the more embarrassed.

Not that anyone in the England set-up should get too carried away just yet. The game against Italy at Wembley on Tuesday should provide a more realistic gauge of England’s World Cup preparations and, even in victory, there are still legitimate questions to be asked of Southgate when his team selections show so little in the way of pattern or structure.

He started here with three players who usually operate as right-backs for their clubs, but without one actually playing as a right-back. Danny Rose’s selection in the left wing-back role shows Southgate must have abandoned his policy of not picking players who are out of favour at their clubs and it would be intriguing to know what Harry Maguire, James Tarkowski and Alfie Mawson made of Kyle Walker being asked to experiment as a centre-half.

As it happened, Maguire came on in the 10th minute because of an early injury for Joe Gomez, who plays right-back for Liverpool but started here on the left of England’s back three.

Confused? England should be glad this was such a poor Dutch side because the lack of clear strategy can seem bizarre, particularly when there are only three games now – or 270 minutes – to finalise their plans.

On that front, Southgate will at least have a better idea now why Rose has fallen out of favour with Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham. Rose was involved in the goal but his overall performance was poor and, on the other side, Kieran Trippier did not do enough to disprove the theory that Walker is better equipped for the role.

On a brighter note, England did show at times that they have a good mix of movement and speed in attack and, having offered very little during the first half, they are also entitled to think they should have been awarded a penalty six minutes after the restart. Marcus Rashford’s speed caught out Matthijs de Ligt and the goalkeeper, Jeroen Zoet, should not have come haring off his line.

Rashford was ahead of them both but the Spanish referee, Jesús Gil Manzano, was some way back and gave De Ligt the benefit of the doubt for the sliding tackle that brought down England’s striker.

England’s only noteworthy chance of the first half had come just after the half-hour mark when Jordan Henderson, probably England’s best player on the night, headed Trippier’s free-kick wide.

After the interval, however, they started to pass the ball with greater purpose and it became even clearer why this Dutch side have not qualified for the World Cup.

Ronald Koeman, their new manager, spoke afterwards about the slow tempo and lack of momentum when his team had the ball, plus a lack of creativity in attacking positions.

England hardly set the world alight on that front either, but they did have the pace of Rashford, Lingard and Raheem Sterling and when they took the lead, in the 59th minute, it was in the midst of their most productive spell of the match.

Lingard was involved in the move, spreading the ball to Rose on the left and then hung back to see if the ball might come back his way on the edge of the penalty area.

Stefan de Vrij’s attempt to clear the danger succeeded only in presenting the ball to his opponent and Lingard, 20 yards out, had the time and space to pick his spot.

His low shot was aimed to Zoet’s right and, though the goalkeeper did get his hand to the ball, he could not prevent it ending up in the bottom corner. After that, Southgate brought on Dele Alli, Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck in one go, with Ashley Young later replacing Rose.

England’s manager had said before the match that he wanted the newcomers in his squad to play with confidence and make the most of their opportunity.

Pickford did just that and, as Southgate pointed out, the team’s new first-choice goalkeeper was also involved at the start of the move that led to the goal. Yet Mawson, Tarkowski and Lewis Cook will have to hope they make their debuts on Tuesday.”
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/23/netherlands-england-friendly-international-match-report

De Futebol Brasil Destroys Russia 3-0 in a World Cup Tune Up Match!

Minus Neymar Brasil blows out Russia 3-0 in a World Cup tune up match.

The Daily Mail:” When Stanislav Cherchesov was appointed as head coach of Russia in 2016 there was one clear objective: reach the semi-finals of the World Cup on home soil.

That target has always seemed absurdly unrealistic and is even more so after this disappointing collapse against five-time world champions Brazil.

The idea behind this friendly against Brazil in Moscow and Tuesday’s game against France in Saint Petersburg is to build interest among supporters.

Unfortunately any side who test themselves against Brazil often come unstuck. That eventually happened with Miranda, Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho all scoring in a second half that made Russia appear very ordinary against one of world football’s super powers.

Not one of Russia’s starting line-up play outside the Russian Premier League. Cherchesov didn’t take any risks and opted for a 3-5-2 formation with the intention of stopping Brazil from easily passing their way to victory in the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host the final at this summer’s tournament.

It was a clever strategy by the former Legia Warsaw manager and it took a direct approach for Brazil to work their first opening. Dani Alves passing the ball over 30 yards to Gabriel Jesus but Igor Akinfeev moved quickly to deny him from close range.

There was concern for the Manchester City forward when he went down under a robust challenge by defender Fyodor Kudryashov.

He has struggled with a long-term knee injury but was able to continue after receiving treatment.

Brazil had lost only once in their last 17 games before this game but were nearly behind shortly before half-time.

Aleksei Miranchuk, who along with Aleksandr Samedov and Alan Dzagoev, is someone who will be relied upon to help Russia get out of Group A against Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.

He won’t get many better chances than the one that was presented to him when Fyodor Smolov worked the ball into the six-yard area only for Miranchuk to shoot over.

Brazil needed little invitation after half-time in giving Russia a lesson in finishing – a lesson that would have been flawless had Paulinho not missed a simple chance three yards out.

Willian’s deflected effort off Samedov required an excellent reaction save by Ikinfeev to keep Russia level.

But the 31-year-old goalkeeper would have little joy a minute later after Willian moved forward unchallenged. His cross was headed towards goal by Thiago Silva. Akinfeev did well to keep out the Paris Saint-Germain defender’s effort but couldn’t stop Miranda scoring from the rebound.

At that point you expected Russia to retreat. They didn’t do that. Dzagoev came on for Miranchuk and Russia looked positive for nine minutes at least until Aleksandr Golovkin brought down Paulinho inside his own box.

Coutinho dispatched the spot kick calmly to notch his ninth goal in 33 appearances for Brazil, and from that moment Russia faded. Paulinho added a third goal after more clever play from Willian.

Brazil will be given a sterner test when they head to Berlin to play Germany on Tuesday.

Tite’s players are more focused than the side that were humiliated 7-1 in Belo Horizonte four years ago. There was a sign of defensive weakness in Brazil’s backline late on in Moscow when Thiago Silva had to clear off the line after goalkeeper Alisson was chipped after he moved out of position.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5537185/Russia-0-3-Brazil-Philippe-Coutinho-Paulinho-Miranda-score-Tites-men-easily-win.html#ixzz5AfjHVBPv

De Futebol Flamengo beats Boavista 3-0 in Group B Carioca Championship

Flamengo defeats Boavista 3-0 in Group B of the Carioca Championship.

Globo Esporte:” Natural que muitos olhares se voltassem para Júlio César. Afinal, não é todo dia que um ídolo volta a vestir a camisa de um clube brasileiro, ainda que numa breve turnê de despedida. Mas havia outras coisas para prestar atenção no Raulino de Oliveira, ontem. Afinal, este Flamengo se aproxima de desafios maiores. A vitória por 3 a 0 sobre o Boavista teve um primeiro tempo preocupante, progressos na segunda parte e, claro, o reencontro com Júlio César. Apesar do longo tempo parado, saiu sem arranhões. E com o carinho da arquibancada.

– Tivemos um primeiro tempo muito ruim tecnicamente, não tivemos precisão contra um time todo atrás do meio de campo. No segundo tempo, melhoramos e conseguimos a vitória – disse Diego.

Carpegiani mexeu na posição de seus meias. Iniciou o jogo com Paquetá mais à direita, Éverton mais à esquerda e Diego e Éverton Ribeiro pelo centro. Pretendia criar espaço para os avanços de Rodinei na direita, já que seria natural ver Paquetá e Diego buscarem o meio, enquanto do lado oposto caberia a Éverton criar profundidade na ponta. No primeiro tempo, nada funcionou.

Coletivamente, a troca de passes não fazia o jogo fluir, raramente gerava infiltração na defesa rival. Com uma linha de zaga que raramente conduzia a bola ao sair jogando e laterais que hesitam na construção, os meias buscavam a bola muito atrás e o time se distanciava. E havia atuações ruins, como as de Diego e Éverton Ribeiro. Foram 45 minutos, sem que o Flamengo chegasse perto do gol.

No segundo tempo, o cenário melhorou. A começar por uma defesa mais adiantada diante de um adversário encerrado atrás. Com jogadores mais próximos, o Flamengo já tivera uma boa oportunidade, quando Henrique Dourado recebeu na área mas emendou com uma finalização constrangedoramente ruim.

Em seguida, viria um lance emblemático. Hoje em dia, é difícil romper defesas sem zagueiros com certo atrevimento para conduzir a bola até a chegada da marcação. É um movimento que ajuda a desequilibrar a marcação. Rhodolfo o fez, Diego finalizou e aconteceu o córner que resultou no gol de Rodinei, aos 19 minutos.

Mais agressivo, o Flamengo controlou o jogo e coroou a primeira noite de Júlio César em sua volta ao clube com dois belos gols de falta: Diego, aos 35, e Paquetá, aos 42. O goleiro? Fez algumas saídas de gol, pegou uma cobrança de falta e teve o nome gritado pelo público. Como deveria ser.

https://oglobo.globo.com/esportes/flamengo-derrota-boavista-na-reestreia-de-julio-cesar-22467150#ixzz59ANCAICU