Gabigol stood out in the match scoring 3 goals, excited the crowd and approached the leaders
O Flamengo, who came with unconvincing performances, thrilled the crowd this Sunday, 18, by applying 5-0 in the Bahia. The game took place at Pituaçu stadium, in Salvador, for the 12th round of the Brazilian championship. Gabriel Barbosa was the highlight of the dispute, with three goals, which helped the team to rise in the competition table. The rout pushed Flamengo closer to the first placed, now with 18 points, however, with two games and less than their main competitors for the title. Bahia, with 17 points, continues in the eighth position. In his second game in charge of the Rio team, Renato Gaucho didn’t miss the chance to aggressively escalate the team. He confirmed the duo of defenders with Gustavo Henrique and Léo Pereira, returning Willian Arão to midfield, where Diego, Éverton Ribeiro and Arrascaeta also returned.
With this quality quartet, Flamengo took the field in the first half. He scored high in Bahia’s exit, showed perfection in the touch of the ball and started to reach the opponent’s area to finish. It created some chances, however, opened the scoring, ironically, with a penalty in the 22nd minute. Two minutes earlier, Arrascaeta was run over by Nino Paraíba from behind. Despite the Bahian protests, the VAR confirmed the penalty. In the collection, with a stop, Gabigol dislocated goalkeeper Matheus Teixeira, who fell on the right side while the ball entered the other side. Flamengo rented the defensive field from Bahia, also taking advantage of the good performance of lateral Isla, also back from Copa América, where he defended Chile. He made good overtaking on the right side. In one of them, in the 35th minute, launched by Arrascaeta, he made a pass to Diego, who dropped a left-hand bomb, saved by the goalkeeper. The second time, he didn’t lose. Another pitch from Arrascaeta to Isla and the back pass to Gabriel, who hit with a trivela and took it out of the goalkeeper’s reach: 2-0 in the 40th minute.
Bahia came back different in the second half, trying to corner Flamengo in their field. Scared after six minutes when Matheus Galdezani kicked hard, Diego Alves deflected it lightly and the ball touched the crossbar. But the attempt at a Bahian reaction ended soon after, when Gabriel scored his third goal in the match. Launched by Éverton Ribeiro, it made the turn and took off the mark. Then he only had the job of hitting cross to make it 3-0 in the 17th minute. In the next minute, he was replaced by Pedro, who extended the score in the 28th minute, when he appeared among the defenders to deflect Vitinho’s cross, which came from the left side. A sign that although he made changes to save some players, Renato Gaúcho kept the order not to take his foot off the attack. It was very clear with the fifth goal that came on minute 38. Arrascaeta dismantled the defense inside the area and made the pass to Vitinho, who hit the goalkeeper’s right corner. The game was well defined, so much so that referee Wilton Pereira Sampaio gave the final whistle after 45 minutes, without any extra minute.
*With information from Estadão Content.