Flamengo is in the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores for the third time in the last four years. Luis Suárez could not work the miracle with Nacional in the South American.
Mengao defeated Corinthians 1-0 on Tuesday and secured their qualification.
A solitary goal in the 52nd minute by striker Pedro, who reached eight goals in the tournament and became the top scorer, was enough for the Rio team, champions in 2019 and finalists in 2021, to confirm their presence among the top four teams with an aggregate of 3-0.
After an even first half, in which “Timao”, forced by the 0-2 deficit in the first leg, tried to press and get closer to the rival goal, Flamengo took advantage of the spaces in the complementary stage.
In the decisive play of the match played in front of more than 63,000 people at the Maracaná stadium in Rio de Janeiro, a great pass by Uruguayan Giorgian De Arrascaeta was finished off by Pedro to sentence the tie.
“We want to reach the final, with the quality that this team has, I can’t think of anything else,” said Pedro. “Today was another great game, a bit complicated, against a great team, but we managed to come out winners”.
The few illusions that Corinthians had left were diluted at 67 with the expulsion of defender Bruno Méndez for intercepting the ball with his hand at the entrance of the area. The Uruguayan referee Esteban Ostojich judged the action after reviewing the VAR.
Flamengo, which reached 19 consecutive games undefeated at home in Libertadores, is waiting for its rival in the semifinals, which will come from the confrontation between the Argentines Talleres and Vélez Sarsfield, who will play on Wednesday in Córdoba.
NATIONAL AND SUÁREZ, ELIMINATED
Nacional fell 3-0 at their visit to Atlético Goainiense, which advanced to the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana for the first time in its history.
Suárez entered after the break when his team was already down by two goals after goals scored by Luiz Fernando after five minutes and Gabriel Baralhas in stoppage time.
In the second period, the “Dragon” had the third assistance in the duel by the Argentine Diego Churín for the double by Luiz Fernando (53), who had also scored the only goal in the first leg held last week in Montevideo.
In the 45 minutes played, Suárez hardly had any chances and only had one shot on goal.
Atlético Goianiense will face the winner of the key between Ceará and Sao Paulo in the semifinals, which will be resolved on Wednesday.
In the other game of the day, Independiente del Valle thrashed Deportivo Táchira 4-1 and won the ticket to the next phase of the Copa Sudamericana.
The Ecuadorian team was surprised by Robert Hernández’s initial goal at minute 26, but managed to come back before halftime with goals from Jhoanner Chávez and Junior Sornoza (penalty).
In the second half, Lautaro Díaz and Lorenzo Faravelli (penalty) closed the victory for Independiente del Valle, which in the next round will face the winner of the series between Internacional and Melgar.