Even without playing well and with a team full of reserves, Fluminense had Lucca’s star to beat Sport by 2-1, in a comeback, at Ilha do Retiro and reached 17 points in the table. Leão da Ilha remains with 7 points and remains in the relegation zone of the Brazilian Championship.
Fluminense started the first half dominating and losing opportunities. After 4 minutes, Nenê received a pass from Cazares inside the area and submitted with a left leg over Maílson. Two minutes later, the Sport goalkeeper worked a miracle. Luiz Henrique headed in a cross by Nenê and Maílson saved.
After the scares, the Lion of the Island had its chances. At 9 minutes, André took a risk from outside the area, forcing Muriel to play ball for corner. Tricolor found it difficult to create in midfield and Paulo Henrique Ganso couldn’t keep up the moves. The Flu goalkeeper made another great save in the 23rd minute, with a submission by Tréllez. Two minutes later, the attacker almost headed the first one, but the ball went close.
By insisting so much, Sport opened the scoring. Ricardinho crossed from the right and David Braz intercepted it with his arm. Penalty taken by André with category, who makes 1-0, in the 41st minute.
Coach Roger Machado changed in the second half. He took out Nene and put Lucca on. And shirt 7 was the main responsible for the Tricolor turn. On minute 19, Danilo Barcelos crossed and Mailson hit. The ball was left for Lucca, who headed, but the crimson-black goalkeeper made the save.
The duo Danilo Barcelos and Lucca did not stop there. On minute 21, the left-back advanced and crossed low. The attacker braced and left everything the same in Ilha do Retiro. Six minutes later came the turning point. Corner taken by Danilo and Lucca rose more than the entire opposing defense to head and decree the tricolor victory.
In the next round, Fluminense will face Grêmio, on Saturday (17), at Maracanã, at 17:00. Before, Roger Machado’s team faces Cerro Porteño, on Tuesday (13th), at 7:15 pm, in Asunción. Sport takes on América-MG, on Monday (19), at 20h, at Independência, for the 12th round of the Brazilian Championship.
+ Learn about the effectiveness of each vaccine against Covid-19