Amid news and uncertainties due to the coronavirus pandemic, Flamengo and Independiente del Valle will face each other this Wednesday, at 21.30, in Maracanã, for the fifth round of the Libertadores group stage. If they win, the red-black team, which has the same nine points as the Ecuadorians, takes the lead and guarantees the classification.
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In the game of Quito, in the third round, Del Valle ran over Flamengo and thrashed by 5 to 0. This Wednesday, Flamengo has the return of nine players who had Covid, in addition to the presence of Gabigol, recovered from injury. Ecuadorians have eight absences because of the disease.
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Flamengo – coach Jordi Guerrero
The team will have the return of ten players. Nine finished the quarantine of Covid-Isla, Matheuzinho, Filipe Luís, Noga, Diego, Michael, Vitinho, Bruno Henrique and Muniz. Gabigol recovered from muscle injury and was listed again. The great difficulty for Jordi Guerrero, who remains in place of Dome, is to set up the defense.
The only defenders available are the boys Natan and Noga. There is the alternative of Isla being placed in the defense and Matheuzinho occupying the right side.
Likely Flamengo squad to face Del Valle – Photo: ge
Absences: Diego Alves (recovering from a shoulder injury), João Lucas (muscle injury) and Pedro Rocha (muscle problem). The list of absentees because of Covid: Gabriel Batista, Rodrigo Caio, Léo Pereira, Gustavo Henrique, Thuler, Renê, Arão, Gomes and Everton Ribeiro.
Hanging: Filipe Luís and Thiago Maia.
Independiente del Valle – coach Miguel Ángel Ramírez
The team, which after 5-0 against Flamengo lost 4-1 to Junior Barranquilla, has eight embezzlement problems because of Covid. The club did not reveal the names of the athletes, and the team’s lineup is a big unknown.
In this group of eight absences are two players who tested negative, but, because they have symptoms, they remained in Ecuador.
Argentine Fernando Rapallini heads the match, and will be assisted by his compatriots Juan Belatti and Pablo Gonzalez.