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The 2-0 result makes Flamengo players remember the 2023 Carioca final in the dressing room: “It's like a lesson” |  Flamingo

The 2-0 result makes Flamengo players remember the 2023 Carioca final in the dressing room: “It's like a lesson” | Flamingo

With capital performance, and Flamingo He could have beaten Fluminense on Saturday night at the Maracanã and put his feet in the Carioca final. But the 2-0 win, which ended in a poor result due to the attacking size of Tite's men, not only kept the classification open, but also raised the red and black's red flag.

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In the locker room after the classic, the atmosphere was “humble.” With a team made up mainly of players who were already at the club last year (with the exception of De La Cruz, Viña and Leo Ortiz), many of them had not forgotten the painful loss in Rio in 2023 and turned against the team. A warning sign after the coincidences… in the final of the last country, Flamingo Led by Vitor Pereira, they beat Fla Flow 2-0 in the first leg, but in the second leg they lost 4-1 and saw Fluminense win the title.

Flamengo team was saddened after losing the Rio title in 2023 – Photograph: Andre Durau/G

– As a lesson, for sure. But also knowing that we're going through a different moment than last year. We have to focus this year. We know that there is nothing to be gained, this is Fla-Flu, a classic game, so it will be a new game, a new duel, we have to go in with the same concentration, the same focus to try to win – said top scorer Pedro at the exit from the Maracanã.

The difference compared to last year is that the confrontation now takes place in the semi-finals, where Flamingo He has the advantage of having had his best season in the Guanabara Cup (playing for two results with the same credit). In other words, Tite's team that refuses to concede goals will have to concede three goals and not score any in order not to qualify. Although it may seem unlikely, the 2023 result will be enough for Fluminense to qualify, so there is little interest in Robro Negro.

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“We gave up a lot of goals, but we crushed the players,” says Arthur Muhlenberg. Fan sound

The second and decisive Fla-Flu match, which will determine the first finalist in the Campeonato Carioca, will take place next Saturday, again at 9pm (Brasilia time) in the Maracanã. In the other semi-final, Nova Iguaçu and Vasco compete for second place in the decision. The red and black cast is taking a break on Sunday and will perform again next Monday at Ninho do Urubu.

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