Fluminense topped Corinthians tonight (26), won 2-0 at the Neo Química Arena and moved up to fourth in the Brasileirão. Germán Cano, the league’s top scorer, scored two goals and decided the game of the 34th round.
Fluminense reaches 58 points and regains fourth place, but Corinthians (57 points) can make amends on Saturday (29), when they visit Goiás in a late match of the 32nd day. Habs return to the field on Monday (31), against Ceará.
The result takes away any chance for Corinthians to be champion of Brazil. By the way, the league was not decided tonight simply because Inter beat Ceará 2-1 and postponed Palmeiras’ dream of lifting the cup.
Best of the game: Gunner is a goalscorer
Brazil’s top scorer, Germán Cano is always in the right place at the right time. It was like that in the two offers he scored. Decisive for Fluminense in the game and in the season. honorable mention to John Arias, who was also important and was looking for the ball at every point on the pitch, appearing to be in several places at once.
Corinthians performance: bad and lacking
It was one of Corinthians’ worst performances under Vítor Pereira’s command. He was not only inattentive to the marking of Cano, the league’s top scorer, but also disorganized and without any alternative. The attack was orphaned by the injured Mosquito and Renato Augusto, tried little, missed much, and found no way. When he tried to score in attack, he let Fluminense escape with ball reversals and had to run backwards the whole time.
Didn’t work: Ramiro and Vital at the ends
It would be difficult enough with Gustavo Mosquito on the pitch, and the striker’s injury left Corinthians no chance to attack from the flanks. Ramiro took his place but, out of position, could not fix anything offensively. On the other side, Mateus Vital also barely took the ball. The team as a whole fell well short of what they had shown in previous games.
Flu Performance: Dominate the whole game
Fluminense had a good first half. With more ball possession and good game control, Fernando Diniz’s strategy worked – and injuries to Corinthians always helped. Even without creating so many clear-cut chances, the Tricolores were effective on their arrival, counting on top scorer Germán Cano. In the second leg, Tricolor continued to control in front of an opponent on a bad evening. Cano again took advantage of a great opportunity, consolidating the good play of the Rio de Janeiro team, which deserved to win from start to finish. High point for Calegari, who worked well on the left, in addition to Arias and Manoel, fundamental in their sectors.
Cano puts the flu ahead
The game was well balanced when John Arias came forward alone on the right, hiding the ball and taking a corner. The half-time penalty was deflected and left to Germán Cano, who edged Róger Guedes and only had to push him into the goal.
Corinthians try to score in attack
The conceded goal prompted Corinthians to focus a little more on scoring. He started defending in front, in the Fluminense field, managed to steal a few balls and took the danger mainly with a shot from Renato Augusto which deflected on Nino. The visitors disappeared from the attack for fifteen minutes until Calegari attempted a long shot from a corner.
Mosquito and Renato Augusto leave injured
The first movement of the match ended with an injury to Gustavo Mosquito, who fell sideways after a ball dispute in the attack and showed a lot of pain in his right knee. He ended up being replaced by Ramiro and was missed, as Corinthians couldn’t create from the flanks. Half an hour later, it was Renato Augusto’s turn to put his hand behind his right thigh and be replaced by Giuliano. The final toll of the two injuries was a team that was even quite combative, but uncreative until the break – it only happened once, from a set piece.
More fighting than football
The second half began marked by tough arguments, much more than by chances of goals. The movement that ignited the match was a foul by Cano on Cássio, inside the box, followed by a hand from the keeper to the striker’s face. There was little football, including a goal disallowed by Fluminense for offside. Overall, Corinthians came back from the break worse than before.
Cano makes one more and solves the game
Fluminense was already master of the game when Calegari hit a precise cross at the far post, where Cano waited to send in the first and make the visitors second. It was the coup de grace for Corinthians, who were unable to leave the opposing field at any time during the match. From there until the end, both teams simply waited for time to pass – and yet almost Yago Felipe finished third.
Felipe Melo hangs on the bench
After arguing with a Corinthians supporter on the plane yesterday (25), Felipe Melo only left the bench in the 38th minute of the second half against Corinthians. The most notable moment – only negative – was when he received a yellow card while still off the pitch. After an offer from Cano and Cássio, the midfielder complained a lot with the referee and the reserve goalkeeper of the São Paulo team being punished, a fact celebrated at the Neo Química Arena. He was however suspended and will not be available for Fernando Diniz against Ceará on Monday (31).
CORINTHIANS 0 x 2 FLUMINENSE
Competition: Brazilian Championship, 34th round
Date and time: October 26, 2022 at 9:45 p.m. (Brasilia time)
Local: Arena Neo Quimica, in São Paulo-SP
Arbitrator: Leandro Pedro Vuaden (RS)
Auxiliaries: Rafael da Silva Alves (Fifa / RS) and Tiago Augusto Kappes Diel (RS)
HAS BEEN: Wagner Reway (PB)
Yellow cards: Ramiro, Fagner (Corinthians); Samuel Xavier, Felipe Melo, Cano (Fluminense)
Goals: Cano, 11′ from the first half and 25 minutes from the second half
CORINTHIANS: Cassius; Fagner (Giovane), Gil, Balbuena (Bruno Méndez) and Fábio Santos; Du Queiroz, Fausto Vera and Renato Augusto (Giuliano); Mateus Vital, Gustavo Mosquito (Ramiro, later Roni) and Róger Guedes. Coach: Vitor Pereira.
FLUMINENSE: Fábio, Samuel Xavier, Nino, Manoel and Calegari (Cristiano); André, Martinelli (Felipe Melo), Yago Felipe and Ganso; Arias and Cano (Nathan). Coach: Fernando Diniz.