On Sunday at Neo Quimica Arena, Corinthians and Flamengo square off in the Campeonato Brasileiro after both teams advanced to the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals on Wednesday.
As they built on back-to-back league victories, the visitors breezed through, but the hosts needed a dramatic penalty shootout to go to the round of eight, where they will face off next month.
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Tuesday’s Copa Libertadores match between Corinthians and Boca Juniors produced a second straight scoreless draw, bringing the match to penalties. This was the clubs’ fourth encounter in the competition.
Timao sneaked into the next round with a nerve-wracking 6-5 victory on penalty kicks after facing constant pressure and managing only one shot on goal in the previous 90 minutes.
Corinthians’ shocking 4-0 loss to Fluminense at the Maracana just a few days prior made coach Vitor Pereira very happy to see his team get back on track.
The Sao Paulo giants were the second team in Brazilian history to defeat Boca in the semifinals, giving the Portuguese tactician a bright start to his career there.
In the Serie A rankings heading into this weekend’s visit from Flamengo, Corinthians are fourth, just three points behind league-leading Palmeiras. This comes after a brief tour through some of South America’s most illustrious venues.
Despite occupying such a high rank in the table, Pereira’s team has not been very productive this season, averaging just over one goal per game. Instead, they have depended on an unbeatable home record to accumulate points; they have gone winless in 17 games at Neo Quimica Arena since February.
Flamengo’s fortunes appear to be changing under new manager Dorival Junior after the Rio team won its fourth straight game on Wednesday, and in dramatic fashion.
Deportes Tolima of Colombia had the advantage going into the away leg of their last-16 Libertadores encounter. Pedro scored four goals as Florida blasted to a 7-1 victory at the Maracana.
During his first four games in charge, Dorival’s team struggled in the final third and lost three of those games. However, after placing a focus on defensive consistency, their subsequent four games saw a combined total of 13 goals, indicating that they may be on the uptick at the moment.
Pedro scored again to help the 2019 and 2020 Brasileiro champions move into the top eight of the tough Serie A standings with a 2-1 victory against Santos on Saturday. They are only five points above the relegation zone at the moment.
Only two of the Rubro-away Negro’s league games this season have resulted in victories, so a victory on Sunday would give them a psychological advantage over their next Libertadores opponents and further enhance their recent comeback.
Both teams’ spirits should be raised by the midweek activities, but neither is likely to provide too much information before their upcoming two-legged Libertadores match.
Despite having the home advantage, Corinthians lack quality up front and might have to settle for a scoreless draw.