After a lacklustre couple of months with goals mainly coming from penalties and free kicks, Ronaldinho finally put on a show for Flamengo as they brushed past Atlético Mineiro 4-1 on Saturday night in the Serie A. Flamengo have lost only once this year (at home to Ceará in the Brazilian Cup) and have won both Rio State Cups. Despite the impressive almost unbeaten record, they have struggled to really get going and Ronaldinho has looked far from his best form. Prior to Saturday’s match, they had won only one of their five Serie A league games (drawing four).
Indeed, Flamengo fans have started to lose their patience with their star player and he was booed during the first half of Saturday’s match. Things got worse for him and Flamengo when Atlético took the lead early in the second half. Something happened though and Ronaldinho finally found his form. He equalized the match with a right footed half-volley from the edge of the area on 66 minutes. And from there on we saw some of the old magic flow through his boots: back-heels, dribbles, step-overs and assists. Flamengo ran out 4-1 winners with one from the in-form Thiago Neves and two from the out-of-form Deivid. That result and second half performance will give Flamengo and their star man some breathing space but the jury is still out.
Flamengo move up to 7th in the table with 10 points.
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