Flamengo salvages late draw against 10-man Sport in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) — Flamengo scored late to salvage a 2-2 draw against Sport after its opponent was forced to put a midfielder in goal for the final minutes of Sunday’s Brazilian league match at the Maracana Stadium.
Everton’s equalizer came six minutes into stoppage time, after goalkeeper Magrao was injured and had to be replaced by playmaker Diego Souza because all three substitutions had already been made.
Souza opened the scoring by converting a penalty in first-half injury time and midfielder Elber added to the lead in the 69th, before Flamengo started its rally through Argentine midfielder Hector Canteros in the 74th. Souza, who made a difficult save in the last minute, had no chance to stop Everton’s close-range left-footed shot into the top corner.
Sport loudly complained because the equalizer came after Flamengo failed to show fair play by refusing to give the ball back when one of its players got hurt and Souza kicked the ball out of bounds on purpose.
The draw gave Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s team its first point after an opening-round loss at Sao Paulo. Sport had opened with a 4-1 home win against Figueirense.
Also Sunday, two-time defending champion Cruzeiro lost 1-0 to Santos for its second loss in a row to start its title defense. Cruzeiro, which opened with a 1-0 loss to Corinthians, again rested its regular starters because of the Copa Libertadores. Cruzeiro plays at River Plate on Thursday in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Latin American club competition.
Striker Geovanio scored in the 44th to give Robinho’s Santos the victory at the Vila Belmiro stadium. The result dropped Cruzeiro to last place after the first two rounds.
In the capital of Brasilia, Atletico Mineiro routed Fluminense 4-1 with a goal by Argentine midfielder Jesus Datolo, while Figueirense held Vasco da Gama to a 0-0 draw in Florianopolis.
Corinthians, coming off elimination to Paraguay’s Guarani in the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores, defeated Chapecoense 1-0 on Saturday for its second consecutive win, taking the early lead in the 20-team standings with six points. The match was played in the city of Araraquara instead of its Itaquerao stadium because Corinthians had been punished because of fan violence.
Also Saturday, Goias beat Atletico Paranaense 2-0 in Goiania, while Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Gremio lost by the same score to Coritiba in Curitiba, remaining winless after two matches. Gremio was held to a 3-3 home draw against recently promoted Ponte Preta in the opener.
In the late matches Sunday, Ponte Preta defeated Sao Paulo 1-0 in Campinas, Internacional edged Avai by the same score in Porto Alegre, and newcomer Joinville held Palmeiras to a 0-0 draw at home.
Ponte Preta and Joinville hosted their matches in stadiums without fans because of incidents of violence last year.
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