Controversial game that completely changed the dynamics of the already turbulent Brasileirão 2020, Palm Trees e Flamengo faced each other at Allianz Parque this Sunday afternoon (27) and were only in a 1-1 draw, a result much more ‘celebrated’ by the Rio club, broken into pieces due to the coronavirus outbreak that hit its cast.
Voted best player of the match in traditional popular vote on TV Globo broadcasts, young goalkeeper Hugo Souza, better known as ‘Neneca’, gave an emotional interview after the match ended. With numerous important defenses in his debut as a professional athlete for Flamengo – including a beautiful intervention in a firm header by Luiz Adriano -, the archer made a point of honoring his father, who passed away six months ago.
“I haven’t played in 9 months. The last game was in the U-20. The difference of this game is that in the last one my father was in the stands watching and today I don’t have him anymore. I haven’t had him in six months. Today the first one time I went on the field without my father. He didn’t see me from television, he didn’t have that feeling, but he saw it from up there (…) He gave me everything, my biggest supporter. I always went on the field thinking about my family, give them a better livelihood, I have my brothers, I need to take care of them “, he stated.
With the tie, Flamengo remained in the sixth position of the classification table of the Brasileirão, reaching 18 total points. If nothing ‘out of the curve’ happens, the team from Rio will return to the field next Wednesday (30), Against or Independent of the Valley-EQU, through the Libertadores.