By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Fluminense were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Grêmio last night at the Engenhão Stadium in the second round of the 2013 Copa Libertadores. Argentine striker Barcos scored one and was involved in the other two as the Gaúcho club ran riot in Rio.

Wellington Nem (right) found no way through against Grêmio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News
Wellington Nem (right) found no way through against Grêmio, photo by Agência Photocamera.

The defeat leaves Fluminense bottom of Group 8 with three points from two games. Anyone expecting an even duel was sadly mistaken as the visitors dominated their hosts from first whistle to last.

The tone for the game was set with the opening action. Souza headed narrowly over the bar as Flu’s defense looked worryingly exposed.

In the thirteenth minute Wellington Nem took a tumble under a hefty challenge from Grêmio defender Cris. The Tiroclores were howling for a penalty but the referee waved play on.

It was to prove Flu’s best chance on a miserable night. On 32 minutes, Barcos glanced Grêmio into the lead from an inswinging corner with what looked like his hand.

Abel Braga introduced Deco for the second half but the former Barcelona playmaker had little influence on proceedings. Just before the hour mark André Santos doubled the visitors’ lead from close range, knocking the stuffing out of Flu.

Thiago Neves and Samuel entered the fray yet the Gremista dominance never halted. On seventy minutes Vargas made sure of the result with a venomous drive across Cavalieri.

Next Wednesday, Fluminense will be forced to pick themselves up as they travel to Chile to face Huachipato. After such a dreaful performance at home three points are needed to give the side a major confidence boost in their quest for a first ever Libertadores title.

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  1. ST****

    Fluminense will only make History when the coach quits.

    There is a Brazilian say:
    “Ele não sabe fazer omelete com os ovos que tem”;
    he does not know how to make an omelet with the eggs available.

    Anyway, I wish all the best for Rio’s Football Club, birth place of the National Team.

  2. Abel, Flu’s coach, is the the most defensive minded coach since Tele Santana in 1982 world cup. He has very good offensive players and prefer to remove them from the put in yet another defender. Well, to win games we need to score Abel!!! Ok, Flu was the champ before but suffered in every game. Always let the other team score to come back and score the winning goal(s). That is terrible for the game and the fans. We like to see a lot of scoring and scoring opportunities. Fora Abel!!! We need an offensive minded coach again to have joy to watch!!


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