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Copa Libertadores: Brazil's Flamengo defeats Peru's Cienciano 2-1

Copa Libertadores: Brazil's Flamengo defeats Peru's Cienciano 2-1

Reserve striker Marcinho scored with two minutes left to give Flamengo an unexpectedly hard 2-1 victory over Peru's Cienciano and the lead in Copa Libertadores Group 4 on Wednesday.
Unbeaten Flamengo has 4 points, one more than Cienciano and Uruguay's Nacional. Peru's Bolognesi trails with 1.
Flamengo, playing before a raucous hometown crowd at Maracana, smothered Cienciano with an aggressive offense and created numerous scoring chances. But the Peruvians packed the defense, clogged the middle and held Flamengo scoreless in the early going.
The visitors had the best early chance, when striker Gustavo Vassallo picked up a rebound on a free kick and fired a right-footer across the goalmouth, forcing Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno to make a diving save in the far corner.
But Flamengo kept up the pressure, and it paid off when midfielder Toro found Souza uncovered on the right side. The striker whirled and fired high into the upper right corner in the 37th minute.
Cienciano struck back in first-half injury time on a lapse by Bruno. Vassallo took a high pass in the goal area and put a header into the right corner, catching Bruno out of position and tying the score.
Flamengo's dominance continued in the second half, with Toro testing 'keeper Juan Flores in the opening minutes and striker Diego Tardelli hitting the post with a heel kick. But the Peruvian defense held, to the despair of the crowd at Maracana.
Finally, in the 88th, striker Obina trapped a ball on his chest in the penalty area, and Marcinho, a replacement for Toro minutes earlier, streaked in from the left, took the ball and tapped it into the far corner.


Updated : 2021-02-28 03:12 GMT+08:00