Flamengo 3-2 Santos: Home fans rewarded with victory at Maracana

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Flamengo beat Santos FC with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday at Maracana. Flamengo were keen to hang onto their position at the top of the table and extend their winning run after winning their previous two matches in the league. The most recent was against the America Mineiro away (2-1), the other to Atl. Mineiro at home (1-0). Santos had lost their previous match against Corinthians. Flamengo are now in 2nd place, with 61 points from 34 matches, while Santos sit in 12th, with 43 points from 34.

Flamengo started strongly in the first half, when Pedro gave them the lead just before half-time

Santos started the second half with renewed vigour, when Alex found the net after 53 minutes. However, each side looked hungry to win and Flamengo then found the back of the net, 78 minutes in thanks to Marinho, taking the score to 2-1. Flamengo looked to have the match under control when they scored again and increased their lead, thanks to a goal from Giorgian De Arrascaeta in the 87th minute to establish a 3-1. Santos in turn, then responded just before the full time, grabbing the lead with an effort from Gabriel Carabajal. The match ended with a 3-2 home victory.

Substitutions for Flamengo included Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Gabriel Barbosa, Leo Pereira, Matheus Franca and Joao Gomes for Everton Ribeiro, Pedro, David Luiz, Everton and Victor Hugo Gomes Silva, respectively. Santos brought on Carlos Sanchez, Gabriel Carabajal and Rwan, to replace Ed Carlos de Arruda Amorim, Jhojan Julio and Rodrigo Fernandez.

There were bookings for Erick Pulgar, Marinho and Leo Pereira from Flamengo. For Santos, Rodrigo Fernandez, Madson, Guilherme Camacho and Alex saw yellow.

Flamengo will play at home against Corinthians, while Santos will face Atlético Goianense away.

Technical card:
Flamengo:Diego Alves, Matheuzinho, Pablo Castro, David Luiz (Leo Pereira, min.46), Ayrton Lucas, Victor Hugo Gomes Silva (Joao Gomes, min.73), Everton Ribeiro (Giorgian De Arrascaeta, min.46), Erick Pulgar, Marinho, Pedro (Gabriel Barbosa, min.46) and Everton (Matheus Franca, min.73)
Santos FC:Joao Paulo, Madson, Alex, Eduardo Bauermann, Felipe Jonatan, Angelo, Guilherme Camacho, Rodrigo Fernandez (Rwan, min.86), Ed Carlos de Arruda Amorim (Carlos Sanchez, min.59), Jhojan Julio (Gabriel Carabajal, min.59) and Marcos Leonardo
Goals:Pedro (1-0, min. 45), Alex (1-1, min. 53), Marinho (2-1, min. 78), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (3-1, min. 87) and Gabriel Carabajal (3-2, min. 90)