Internacional wins easily and Flamengo saves itself in stoppage time



Jota Finkler

Internacional proved its favoritism and didn’t give Flamengo, from Guarulhos, chances, by guaranteeing the classification for the third phase of the São Paulo Junior Football Cup with a 3-0 victory. Rio de Janeiro qualified, but suffered a lot. After scoring 17 goals in the first three games, the Cariocas were 0-0 against Náutico until the 49th minute of the second half, when Igor Jesus became a hero by scoring the goal that guaranteed the 1-0 and qualification for the next step.

Unlike Flamengo, Internacional dominated the namesake of the Carioca team from the beginning and opened the scoring with Estevão in the seventh minute. The player received at the entrance of the area, cleared the throw and finished low to make it 1 to 0.

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In the second half, after a cross in the area, Lucca dominated and finished the cross to make it 2 to 0 for Internacional. To complete, Jonathan received on the left wing, invaded the area and finished in a cross to close the score.

In the Arena Barueri, Flamengo was better in the first half, created the best chances, but ran into the good performance of goalkeeper Bruno. In the final stage, Náutico returned to the field with a different attitude and even created good chances on the counterattacks.

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But, like the last match, when they ended the first half losing 3-0 and went to get the tie, Flamengo didn’t give up. In the 49th minute of the second half, Richard took a lateral charge into the area, the defense pushed it away, but Igor Jesus took it first and sent Bruno in the corner to classify the red-black carioca for the third phase.

Who also qualified for the third phase was Audax. After drawing 0-0 with Ska, they won on penalties 5-3 and will face Vasco in search of a spot in the round of 16, while Flamengo will face Oeste and Internacional will face Portuguesa.

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