Flamengo vs Vélez Sarsfield, Flamengo has only one more thing to perform to ensure that it will compete in the final of the Libertadores de América in 2022. On Wednesday night, the Brazilian team Rubro-Negro will play host to the Argentine team Vélez Sarsfield. Rubro-Negro will have the benefit of having won the opening match of the semifinals by a score of 4-0. The match that will decide the championship will take place at Maracana at 21:30 local time.
Flamengo is in a good position after the thrashing they had in Argentina the week before, since Vélez has to win by a margin of at least five goals in order to move on in the tournament. In the event that Argentina prevails in the match by a score of four goals to one, the match will be decided by spot kicks. It is important to point out that Flamengo is currently unbeaten in this season’s tournament; they have 10 victories and one tie on their record.
Alex Medina, the coach, is not giving up despite the fact that his team is in a disadvantageous position. He is optimistic about the prospect of prevailing over the obstacle, and he does not exclude the potential of using a more attacking configuration on the field that includes three forwards.
After his team’s loss to Newell’s Old Boys the previous weekend in the Argentine Championship, the head coach commented, “We know it’s tough, but we’re going with our weapons to attempt to reverse that marker.” Newell’s Old Boys won the championship.
At Flamengo, head coach Dorival Junior will make at least four changes to the lineup that competed in Buenos Aires. After collecting their third caution, defenders David Luiz and Léo Pereira have been sidelined from the game. This means that the other two must play. Thiago Maia and Gabigol, who are both now injured, will not compete because their coach does not want to take the chance of losing either player for what is likely to be a championship match.
Fabrcio Bruno and Pablo will start for the defence for the red-black coach, while Arturo Vidal and Joao Gomes will play the dual role of midfielder and defender in the centre of the field. Up forward, Everton Cebolinha is the player who is most likely going to replace Gabigol, but Marinho is going to be taken out of the game.