The 0-1 this Wednesday forces Hernán Torres' team to win at the Maracaná. 

The 0-1 this Wednesday forces Hernán Torres' team to win at the Maracaná. 

How to explain that Tolima, with more than seven clear scoring options, has not won and that Flamengo, by far least, has kept the three points? The lack of definition caused Hernán Torres' team to suffer a new blow in less than three days and now they have to go look for a miracle in Brazil, with the 0-1 win this Wednesday at the Murillo Toro.

On paper, the favorite was Flamengo, finalist in the Libertadores last year, champion a couple of editions ago, beyond that if the club has not had something in recent weeks it is stability, including a change of coach, Dorival Junior, instead of Paulo Sousa. And to that was added an outbreak of covid-19 that disrupted the payroll.

Tolima tried to get up from the League coup

On the other hand, a complicated environment in Tolima, marked by injuries and accentuated by the defeat against Nacional in the League final. Hernán Torres, the local club's coach, had to take out the needle and thread again and mend the starting line-up, with Léider Riascos as the starter instead of Jonathan Marulanda and with Ánderson Plata, one of the team's key players, resigned to follow the actions on television.

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However, Tolima looked better than Flamengo, they had more of the ball, had many options to score, but the lack of aim reached very worrying levels and for this reason, despite having the Brazilians on the ropes, the Red Wine and Gold had to resign themselves to a painful zero.

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The 0-1 this Wednesday forces Hernán Torres' team to win at the Maracaná.&nbsp;

To this was added that, in a punctual play, Tolima failed at the time of a defensive rebound and lacked pressure. And, as Yerson Candelo had already done a week ago, he again suffered a goal from distance, this time, scored by Andreas Pereira, at 18 minutes, which left goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez standing.

(In context: See here Flamengo's winning goal in Ibagué)

Tolima had plenty of will, but lacked putting it in

Tolima maintained virtues and defects, that is, the drive and the desire to go to the front and the serious definition problems, in the rest of the first stage and part of the second, until the effervescence faded and Flamengo gained control.

In the last minutes, when there were no more legs to hold on, the match turned heads up and both teams were able to score. But it was Flamengo who made the most of his goal, to reach the Maracana with an advantage in eight days. Tolima must still be wondering how the ball didn't go in…

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