The rout of Fluminense over Juventude by 4-0, this Wednesday, at Maracanã, represented well what was expected for the game: a team from the top of the table dominating the lantern of the championship. This time, not even the rain was able to hinder the good performance of coach Fernando Diniz’s team, who had no difficulties to impose himself on the field, build an elastic score and stay even more alive in the fight at the top of the Brazilian Championship table. .
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From the beginning of the match, Fluminense sought to play their game. He spent most of the time with the ball, exchanged passes and looked for spaces in an opponent who came to Maracanã with the proposal to present lower lines and bet on counterattacks. The only scare was in the first move of the game, in a shot by Capixaba defended by Fábio. Afterwards, it only gave Flo.
Arias and Cano celebrate a goal in Fluminense vs Juventude — Photo: André Durão
The team created good chances from the first minutes of the game: with Samuel Xavier at 7, with Cristiano at 11 and another with Nino at 16. Two minutes later, the reward came for the team that continued to impose its style: Cano opened the scoring with a shot that featured a small deflection before dying inside the net.
After taking the lead, Tricolor continued at the same pace and continued to create opportunities. And the second came: after a beautiful cross by Arias, Samuel Xavier deflected his head and extended the marker. Only in the initial stage, there were 12 submissions from Fluminense. In addition, there was still room for controversial bid. In the 36th minute, Martinelli touched the area, and the ball hit Paulo Miranda’s hand. The referee ordered it to proceed. At Central do Apito, referee commentator Fernanda Colombo saw an unmarked penalty.
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In the second half, Juventude even sought to leave more for the game in the opening minutes, but the attempt to react was short-lived, and triolor dominance was repeated in the final stage. At 10, Martinelli gave Arias a beautiful pass to crown the great performance with a goal, the third for Fluminense. As much as the pace has slowed down after the Colombian hit the net, the victory turned into a rout with the birthday boy Michel Araújo, who entered the 39th minute of the final stage and needed three minutes on the field to close the scoring. In all, there were 21 shots and 59% of ball possession for Flu.
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In addition to the great collective result, there were also individual highlights in the match. Manoel’s replacement in the defense, Felipe Melo left behind the bad performances he had in previous matches and made a good presentation. Safe, he made providential cuts and also managed to contribute to the ball out. Scorer of the second goal, Samuel Xavier was also one of the greats on the field. In constant evolution since the arrival of coach Fernando Diniz, the side kept his regularity, accumulated another beautiful performance and was crowned with the goal.
Another who impresses with his regularity is André. The player was cheered by the crowd at the end of the match, with the shouts of “best steering wheel in Brazil”. Against Juventude, he was the leader of passes of the game: there were 89. Martinelli, who was not so prominent in the first half, recovered in the final stage, gave a beautiful assist to Arias and also contributed with good balls in other Flu chances.
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Finally, it is worth mentioning the great player that is Jhon Arias. Always with a lot of movement, vision of the game and intelligence, the Colombian accumulates great performances and had another lit night. Against Juventude, he ended the match with a goal and an assist.
With the capital rout, Fluminense reached 51 points, surpassed Internacional, who drew with Bragantino in the round, and took the vice-leadership of the Brasileirão. Despite the distance to the leader Palmeiras, who beat Atlético-MG at Mineirão, following in nine points, the victory over Juventude boosted morale and gave Tricolor confidence to remain firm in the fight at the top of the table.
Coach Fernando Diniz’s team returns to the field this Saturday, at 3 pm (Brasília time), to face Atlético-MG, at Mineirão.
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