Atletico Mineiro will take on Flamengo in the first leg of the Copa do Brasil Round of 16 clash at Castelao on Wednesday. It will be the second meeting between these two sides in the space of just three days. Atletico Mineiro displayed a brilliant defensive game plan to get the better of Rubro-Negro with a scoreline of 2-0 in the domestic league match in the weekend. The defending champions have already secured two trophies in 2022, the Supercopa do Brasil and the Campeonato Mineiro, they are now hungry for more and face their actual test in this year’s competition.
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Atletico Mineiro thrashed second-tier side CSA 5-0 on aggregate in the round three tie. Antonio Mohamed’s tactics are largely based on having a solid defence. The defensive game plan helped Galo win multiple trophies last season and they are continuing with the same strategy for this season also. In their last match against Flamengo, which was a league fixture, Ignacio Fernandez and Ademir netted for Atletico Mineiro to take all three points. Flamengo had the majority of the ball possession but failed to create enough clear-cut chances and found it extremely hard to break down the Galo defence. It was Atletico Mineiro’s third clean sheet in their last five games.
Flamengo, on the other hand, are languishing at the 14th spot in the domestic league table and recently brought in new boss Dorival Junior to turn around their fortunes and take them back to the upper echelons of Brazilian football. The 60-year-old tactician’s first three games in charge haven’t been so great, losing to Internacional (3-1) and Mineiro (2-0) on the road, while a 2-0 win over Cuiaba sandwiched in between these defeats. Meanwhile in the third round of the cup competition, Flamengo defeated Altos 4-1 on aggregate to reach this far. Rubro-Negro has conceded seven goals in their last three games and Junior will have to quickly find a way to solidify the defence in order to have any chance of getting the better of Mineiro.
Atletico Mineiro’s Savio is out for a few weeks after his positive COVID-19 test, while Matias Zaracho has a muscle issue and Dodo is sidelined with a meniscus injury. Hulk will lead Atletico Mineiro’s attack. As for Flamengo, head coach Dorival Junior has injury concerns as Bruno Henrique, David Luiz, Thiago Maia, Santos and Fabricio are unavailable for selection. Alves is expected to occupy the goal with Ayrton, Pablo, Caio and Rodinei in front of him.
Atletico Mineiro probable starting lineup: Everson; Guga, Nathan, Rever, Arana; Otavio, Allan; Vargas, Fernandez, Zaracho; Hulk
Flamengo probable starting lineup: Alves; Ayrton, Pablo, Caio, Rodinei; Arao, Pereira; Diego, De Arrascaeta, Ribeiro; Barbosa.
The Copa do Brasil encounter between Atletico Mineiro and Flamengo will take place at Mineirao and it will kickoff at 6:00 am IST on June 23, Thursday.
The Copa do Brasil started on the 22nd of February and will continue till the 19th of October and it will see 92 teams participating in it. The matches are reportedly shown on Rede Globo, SporTV, Premiere and Amazon Prime Video.