And the red-black night started with the announcement of another embezzlement. Also Argentine Luciano “Chuzito” Gonzalez did not act because, in a test carried out after the Argentine phase of the Champions League of the Americas, a week ago, he tested positive for Covid-19. The athlete, according to the Rio de Janeiro club, is asymptomatic in Rio de Janeiro, ending the quarantine period and, at the option of the technical committee, will join the team for the final phase of the Champions League on Wednesday.
Flamengo will play in the Champions League finals of the Americas starting this Saturday in Nicaragua. The opponent of Rubro-Negro was known this Monday: it will be the Caballos de Coclé, from Panama.
In this Monday’s game, coach Gustavinho did not spare the players at his disposal, even with the NBB leadership guaranteed in the penultimate round of the competition. But in the first quarter, despite staying ahead, the Flamengo team did not yield. The red-blacks finished with just 15 points against 10 of their rivals. In the second quarter, again a low score, little productive attacks but this time the defense of Caxias better (14 to 13 for Caxias). At the end of the first half: 28 to 24 for Flamengo. The locker room did well for both teams, who came back better for the second half. And again the team from Rio Grande do Sul performed better and went to the decisive fourth in the front. However, Flamengo slaughtered in the final minutes of the game, the red-black defense allowed only five points from Caxias, and the victory came by 77 to 58.
Flamengo closes the first phase of the NBB on Wednesday, against the Cerrado, again in Brasília, at 7:30 pm. Caxias, who is still looking for a place in the playoffs, catches Pato, on the same day, at 2pm.
Olivinha, from Flamengo, infiltrates the defense of Caxias – Photo: Helena Petry / CRF
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