By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Even without its stars, Guerrero and Ederson, Flamengo dominated Sunday’s clássico match against Fluminense in the 23rd round of the national Campeonato Brasileiro tournament, winning 3-1 and climbing to sixth position in the ranking.
Flamengo’s first goal was made after a controversial movement, not called by referee Ricardo Marques, led Sheik to score. According to TV Globo commentators, replay of the tape shows clearly that Wallace extended his arm, hitting the ball, which headed in Sheik’s direction for the goal. Coming off field during half-time Wallace stated that he did not remember the incident.
The second goal by Flamengo was made five minutes later, when Kayke receives the ball and scored. Fluminense’s only goal came during the beginning of the second half, with Jean. Flamengo’s third goal was made by Paulinho.
With this latest victory, Flamengo has now 35 points in the championship, three behind São Paulo, the last placed of the G-4 teams. The first four teams at the end of the Campeonato Brasileiro qualify to play in next year’s Copa Libertadores. The team is the highest placed team from Rio de Janeiro in the competition.
The other clássico played on Sunday was Palmeiras vs Corinthians with a tie 3-3 of the two São Paulo teams. Palmeiras scored with goals by Lucas, Robinho and Dudu, while Corinthians was helped by a goal from the adversary (own goal by Palmeiras’ Amaral) as well as goals by Vagner Love and Arana.