Packed by victories in the Copa do Brasil and in the Brasileirão, the Flamengo turn your attention to liberators this Thursday. For the fifth round of the group stage of the South American competition, Rubro-Negro receives Racing, from Argentina, in Maracanã, starting at 9 pm (Brasília time).
The match will be broadcast from ESPNon closed television, and on the platform streaming Star+, on the Internet. However, fans can stay on top of everything in real time on Sports Gazette.
Undefeated, Racing leads group A with 10 points and can guarantee qualification to the round of 16 in this round. Flamengo, in second place with five points, needs to win to be in a calmer situation, but will only be able to secure a place in the knockout stage in the last round.
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Mengão will face Racing this Thursday and Maraca will be on fire for another World Cup night!
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Flamengo, the current champion, has been collecting disappointing results in this edition, with only one victory in four matches, in addition to two draws and a defeat. In the duel in Buenos Aires, Flamengo took the lead but conceded the tie and missed the three points. This time, he will have the support of his fans, who sold out the tickets for the confrontation.
Scorer of the goal in Argentina, striker Gabigol should be the main absence this Thursday. The player, who already missed the team on Monday, in the classic against Vasco, continues to treat a quadriceps injury. On the other hand, coach Jorge Sampaoli should have the return of defender Léo Pereira and midfielder Everton Ribeiro.
But if Flamengo arrives motivated by the 4-1 defeat of Cruzmaltino, Racing is also in high spirits. Last Saturday, Fernando Gago’s team ended an eight-game streak without a win in the Argentine Championship by beating Banfield, 2-0.
Racing alternates the good campaign in Libertadores with a performance below expectations in Argentina. After eighteen rounds, “la Academia” appears in 17th place in the table, with six wins, four draws and eight defeats.
FLAMENGO X RACING-ARG
Local: Maracanã Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Data: Thursday, June 8, 2023
Time: 21:00 (from Brasilia)
Referee: Gustavo Tejera (URU)
Assistants: Nicolas Taran (URU) and Martin Soppi (URU)
WAS: Andres Cunha (URU)
FLAMENGO: Matheus Cunha, Wesley, Fabrício Bruno, Léo Pereira and Ayrton Lucas; Erick Pulgar, Thiago Maia, Gerson and Arrascaeta; Pedro and Everton Cebolinha (Matheus França)
Technician: Jorge Sampaoli
RACING: Arias, Sigali, Thomas Aviles and Jonathan Galvan (Insúa); Facundo Mura, Juan Nardoni, Hannibal Moreno and Gabriel Rojas; Matthias Rojas, Maxi Romero and Gabriel (Paolo Guerrero)
Technician: Fernando Gago
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