Fluminense coach Abel Braga blames the referee and the pitch for 2-1 defeat to Emelec
Fluminense coach Abel Braga believes the referee was wrong to award Emelec the late penalty which gave the Ecuadorians a 2-1 victory in the first leg of their round of 16 Copa Libertadores clash in Guayaquil on Thursday night.
The score was tied at 1-1 with just five minutes to go when the official pointed to the spot in favour of Emelec, allowing Fernando Gaibor to score to give the hosts a first leg victory.
Braga, speaking to reporters after the game, said: “The striker pulled Gum and made the foul. We leave here today without the tie and I am no longer satisfied. But the opponent had merits.”
Fluminense had gone behind in the game thanks to an own goal by Leandro Euzebio, but managed to level the game before half-time thanks to a strike from Wagner.
Braga was happy that they managed to get an important away goal on the night but was furious at the state of the pitch.
"In terms of results, it was bad. We lost 45 minutes while trying to adapt to the field. And the ball did not come to attack the first time.
“We changed our tactical way in the second half and dominated the game. The field was too bad, but we were closer to a second goal than them.
“We did not play a great game, but the game was well mastered. We still had several counterattacks that went wrong because of the last pass. We need patience in Rio.”