Mengão has not won for four rounds and needs the triumph to return to the G4
Without winning for four games in the Brasileirão, Flamengo has another challenge ahead: to overcome the six absences they should have in the match against Red Bull Bragantino, this Saturday (01). The ball will roll at 19:00 (Brasilia time), and Mengão will not have João Gomes, Matheuzinho, Léo Pereira, Rodrigo Caio and Bruno Henrique. Besides them, Pulgar will hardly enter the field.
The first three will not play, as they will be suspended after receiving the third card in the 3-2 defeat to Fortaleza, last Wednesday (28). All were punished for fouls committed in the second half. Rodrigo Caio and Bruno Henrique are recovering from injury and will only return to the pitch in 2023. Who is also injured is midfielder Erick Pulgar, who returned to the Chilean national team, this Thursday (29), with a sprained left ankle. It is doubtful, but it must be low against Red Bull Bragantino.
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On the other hand, Flamengo will have the return of Pedro, Everton Ribeiro, Varela, Vidal and Arrascaeta, who were with their respective teams. In addition to them, Everton Cebolinha and Marinho return after serving suspension. Fla needs the victory to return to the G4 of the Brazilian Championship. After the defeat to Fortaleza, Mengão dropped to fifth place and has 45 points, two less than Corinthians.
In fact, Flamengo can seal a spot in the 2023 Libertadores right on top of Corinthians. That’s because the two teams will play in the final of the Copa do Brasil on October 12 and 19. Whoever wins will guarantee the spot, and the second match will be at Maracanã.
Rubro-Negro still has a third chance to guarantee itself in the 2023 Libertadores. For that, it is necessary to defeat Athletico-PR in the final of this year’s edition, which will be played in a single game, on October 29, in the Ecuadorian city. from Guayaquil.