BOGOTI ( Associated Press) – Flamengo is in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores for the third time in four years. Luis Suarez couldn’t work wonders with the Nationals in the South American.
Mengao qualified after beating Corinthians 1-0 on Tuesday.
A single goal in the 52nd minute by striker Pedro, who reached eight goals in the tournament and became the top scorer, was enough to confirm his presence in the top four teams for the Rio team, champions in 2019 and finalists in 2021 . 3-0 overall.
Even after the first half, in which “Timao”, forced by a 0–2 deficit in the first leg, tried to approach and suppress the opponent’s goal, Flamengo took advantage of the gap in the supplementary phase.
In the deciding game of the match, played in front of more than 63,000 people at the Maracan Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, a great pass from Uruguayan Giorgione de Arrascaeta was eliminated by Pedro to punish for the tie.
“We want to reach the final, I can’t think of anything else with the qualities this team has,” Pedro said. “Today was another great game, a little complicated against a great team, but we managed to be winners”.
Some of the confusion the Corinthians had left was diluted to 67 with defender Bruno Mendez’s takedown to stop the ball from his hand at the entrance of the field. Uruguay referee Esteban Ostojic decided the course of action after reviewing the VAR.
Flamengo, who reached 19 consecutive games undefeated at home in Libertadores, are waiting for their opponent in the semi-finals, which will come from a clash between Argentina’s Toleres and Vélez Sarsfield, who play in Córdoba on Wednesday.
National and Suarez, deleted
Nacional fell 3–0 in their trip to Atlético Goinciense, reaching the semi-finals of the Copa Sudamericana for the first time in its history.
Suarez entered after the break when his team was already down two goals after five minutes by Luiz Fernando and a goal scored by Gabriel Baralhas in stoppage time.
In the second period, the “Dragon” received a third assist by Luiz Fernando (53) in a duel by Argentine Diego Churin, who also scored the only goal in the first leg held last week in Montevideo.
In the 45 minutes played, Suarez hardly had a chance and had only one shot on goal.
In the semi-finals, Atlético Goiás will face the winner of the key between Serra and So Paulo, which will be resolved on Wednesday.
In the second game of the day, Independiente del Valle defeated Deportivo Tachira 4–1 and won a ticket to the next leg of the Copa Sudamericana.
Ecuador was surprised by Robert Hernandez’s opening goal on 26 minutes, but managed to come back before halftime with goals from Joanor Chavez and Junior Sornoza (penalty).
In the second half, Lautaro Diaz and Lorenzo Faravelli (penalties) closed the win for Independiente del Valle, who will next face the winner of the series between Internacional and Melgar.