Flamengo didn’t read the script. With Luis Fabiano making his long awaited (re)debut for São Paulo in front of 70,000 screaming fans, it was meant to be São Paulo’s afternoon. Sadly for them though, Flamengo had other ideas and won the match 2-1 thanks to a Thiago Neves header and deflected Renato Abreu shot.
The São Paulo fans didn’t like the result one bit and decided to vent their frustrations on coach Adilson Batista who substituted Luis Fabiano (for midfielder Carlos Paraíba) after 60 minutes. It was an understandable substitution really since Fabiano is short of match fitness and they were also down to 10 men after Brazil international winger Lucas Moura had been sent off. What a goal from Dagoberto by the way!
Full match highlights including Lucas’ red card. A bit harsh if you ask me. Just thinking, shouldn’t Rogério Ceni have saved both of those goals??
Meanwhile in Rio, Corinthians came from behind and drew 2-2 with league leaders Vasco. Great afternoon for Danilo: he scored one and set up another. Dedé and Fagner scored for Vasco.
So just two points continue to separate these two at the top of the table. All to play for and good result for Corinthians if you ask me: playing away from home; coming from a goal down; just behind Vasco but with the league leaders pressure on Vasco. Even better result for them if you consider São Paulo’s hiccup at home.