Sad farewell; Millonarios closed their participation in Libertadores with a win in Brazil

Sad farewell; Millonarios closed their participation in Libertadores with a win in Brazil
Sad farewell; Millonarios closed their participation in Libertadores with a win in Brazil

09:55 PM

Flamengo qualified for the round of 16 of the 2024 Copa Libertadores by beating last-place Millonarios de Colombia 3-0 this Tuesday at the emblematic Maracaná in Rio de Janeiroat the closing of Group E.

The team led by former Brazilian coach Tite, one of the favorites for the title, beat a rival that was eliminated thanks to a double by Pedro (7, 44) and an own goal by Costa Rican defender Juan Pablo Vargas (25).

Although they were expected to lead the zone, ‘Fla’ qualified on the last day in second place, with ten points, behind the leader Bolívar of Bolivia (13), which defeated the Chilean Palestino 3-1 in a game played in simultaneous in La Paz.

Palestino, third with seven points, will compete in the play-off for the round of 16 of the Copa Sudamericana, while Millonarios (3) said goodbye to the 2024 international competitions without wins.

The round of 16 will be played in August.

No challenges

Three-time champion of the main club tournament in America (1981, 2019, 2022), Mengão had a quiet night largely due to the individual errors of their opponent.

The ambassadors made his offensive tasks easier, in debt so far this year, despite his stellar roster, with a rude mistake by the Colombian team’s goalkeeper, Álvaro Montero, at the beginning of the game.

The tall goalkeeper hesitated to reject a pass from midfielder Daniel Giraldo inside the area. The scorer Pedro took advantage of the hesitation, passed the ball under the goalkeeper’s body and scored with the goal empty.

Carrying a great historical debt in the Libertadores, Millonarios, one of the greats of Colombia, tried to rebuild itself but another of his references, center back Juan Pablo Vargas, sank him into the mud.

The ‘Tico’ sent Gerson’s cross from the right into his own goal with a header after a good individual play by experienced defender David Luiz.

With the classification in your pocket, the most popular club in Brazil slowed down without its opponent, decimated by injurieswill show ammunition to defeat the Argentine goalkeeper Agustín Rossi, except for a deflected header from captain David Mackalister Silva (35).

Procedure

On the contrary, he finished knocking him out in the epilogue of the first partwhen the Uruguayan full-back Matías Viña, recently brought in to replace the injured Ayrton Lucas, left Pedro hand in hand with Montero.

The fierce 26-year-old center forward scored his fifth goal in this Cup with a subtle finish to the goalkeeper’s left post.

In the final 45 minutes, Flamengo had a clear purpose: to increase the score, which they almost achieved with two shots from Pedrothe Uruguayan Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Everton and Gerson.

The full throttle mode was intermittent, and the Colombians, powerless, barely tested Rossi with a right hand from Silva (64) in an isolated action.

His stance a little more solid in the second half, added A couple of saves from Montero prevented them from returning to Bogotá with a larger score.

What they will return with is the message from Flamengo, who lost Bruno Henrique by expulsion in the last minutes for a harsh tackle on Luis Paredes: he is alive and on the warpath to fight for his fourth crown.

 
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