Flamengo and Inter strengthen against difficult rivals and lead the Brasileirão

Both defeated São Paulo and Palmeiras, respectively, to maintain a perfect score after playing two days of the tournament.
Desmond Efe-Khaese
2024-04-18 18:11:04

Flamengo and Inter strengthened themselves against difficult rivals to lead the Brasileirao after two days of play. Their victims were São Paulo, with coach Thiago Carpini on the tightrope, and the two-time champion Palmeiras, respectively.

The team led by Tite has not yet found the level of play that its rich squad can offer, but it still took the three points at home. The scoring was opened by Luiz Araújo and increased by Nicolás de la Cruz, who had already scored the previous day, while Ferreira scored with a header for the São Paulo Tricolor.


++ Former Liverpool Roberto Firmino lists exceptional English mansion for sale

++ Brazilians who can still win the UEFA Champions League in 2024

++ The best memes about the hypothetical reunion between Rafa Benítez and James at São Paulo

With the victory, Mengão maintains a perfect score. The other side is São Paulo, which has lost two in a row and has added rumors about a possible change of coach.

In the other big match of the day, Inter defeated Palmeiras 1-0 as a visitor with a goal by Wesley after Colombian Rafael Santos Borré missed a penalty. Eduardo Coudet’s men also maintain 100% effectiveness, while Verdão now aims to recover when they host Flamengo on Sunday.

In Porto Alegre everything is smiling, since Grêmio also triumphed: it was 2-0 against Athletico Paranense, with shouts from Franco Cristaldo and Yeferson Soteldo. Bragantino also celebrated, in their 2-1 victory against Vasco da Gama.

Atlético Mineiro continues to deflate after an overwhelming start with Gabriel Milito as coach. They accumulated their second draw in a row, this time at home against Criciúma: Gustavo Scarpa put Galo ahead, but Matheusinho equalized it six minutes from time.

Something similar happened to Fortaleza: at 19 minutes they started winning with a goal from Hércules and Cruzeiro ended up tying it on the hour mark and with one less on the playing field thanks to Mateus Vital’s goal.

Meanwhile, the crisis is accentuated at Corinthians after losing 2-0 on their visit to the newly promoted Juventude. Jean Carlos Vicente and Lucas Barbosa, with their left blows, made Timão bitter.

Yesterday, Bahía scored by winning 2-1 at the Arena Fonte Nova against Fluminense, current champion of the Libertadores. While the second day closes today with Botafogo, urgent to add three points, against Atlético Goianiense in Rio de Janeiro.

Remembering Zagallo

Sambafoot Series launched a new documentary about the football legend Zagallo. Known as ‘Velho Lobo‘ and as superstitious as it gets, Zagallo helped shape what Brazilian football is nowadays — as a player and as a coach.

The first episode is available on Sambafoot’s Youtube channel and the series will receive weekly releases to tell this legend’s life story.