Previous: Flamengo vs. Deportes Tolima – prediction, team news, lineups

Deportes Mole previews Thursday’s Copa Libertadores clash between Flamengo and Deportes Tolima, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

The last Colombian hope in 2022 Libertadores Cup, Sports Tolimaenter your match against flamingo on Wednesday in need of a victory at the Maracana.

Last week, Deportes saw their run of nine games unbeaten in all competitions come to an end when they were whitewashed 1-0 by the 2021 runners-up in this tournament in the first leg of that Round of 16 tie.


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junior dorival knew when he took over managerial duties from outgoing boss paulo souza that he would inherit a difficult situation at Flamengo, and that has been proven by his team’s inconsistent performances in the last seven games.

They lost three of their first four games in charge and continue to struggle in the final third, scoring a goal or less in four games.

Amid all the unrest at the club, there seems to be at least one more precise identity under Junior, as he has walked away with a defense of four in every game, along with three midfielders, with some minor adjustments up front.

That seems to have helped them play with much less confusion than we saw with Sousa, as the former Portuguese manager often changed his tactics in the blink of an eye, which seemed to create more chaos and mistakes between the players.

However, Mengao still look far from convincing on the pitch, particularly in the first leg of this knockout round, as they were hot on their heels for much of the first half after taking the lead in the 17th minute.

Last week, despite failing to concede against Tolima, the Rio side were too easy to penetrate down the middle and were only rescued by a poor finish from the home team.

However, one thing you can usually count on in this team is the ability to handle the pressure of this competition, where they haven’t lost a Round of 16 match since 2018.

Flamengo's head coach, Dorival Junior, photographed on June 19, 2022©Reuters

In their first Copa Libertadores appearance since 2019, the reigning Colombian champions only lost one of their group matches in this year’s competitions, finishing level on points with reigning Brazilian champions Atlético Mineiro.

Manager Hernan Torres he has preached the importance of making a collective effort throughout the 90 minutes, and his players have heard his message, constantly covering space and making sure the open areas of the field are well defended.

Their solid team effort is a big part of what has made them successful to this point in the 2022 tournament and put them in position to advance to the last eight.

Twice so far in the 2022 Libertadores, he has again won a result from a losing position, while picking up three points against Galo in their last group match, scoring the winner four minutes after conceding the draw.

Last week was the first time the Colombians had played in a real knockout stage in this competition, with their best result being a semi-final appearance in 1982, although back then, every round was a group stage competition, with only the top team advance.

Although El Vinotinto y Oro have only captured two away games against Brazilian rivals away from home in the Libertadores, they don’t have to look far to remember that pulling off an upset like this is more than achievable.

On Matchday 6, Deportes needed a win in Minerao to secure their pass to the Round of 16, and they got it by scoring the winning goal in the 92nd minute.

That goal was decisive since a tie in that game would have left them in third place, since Independiente del Valle had a superior goal difference.

Form of Flamengo Copa Libertadores:

Form Flamengo (all competitions):

Sports Tolima Copa Libertadores form:

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team news

Gabriel Barbosa of Flamengo celebrates scoring his first goal against Athletico Paranaense on November 2, 2021©Reuters

Andreas Pereira ended his loan spell at Flamengo on a winning note when the Manchester United midfielder scored the only goal in their 1-0 first-leg win, while Saints he made five saves to earn his first clean sheet of the competition.

gabriel barbosa he has not scored a goal in this tournament since scoring a brace in a 3-2 win over Universidad Católica on Matchday 3, although he still leads them in that category with three goals, putting him level with his team-mates Pedro Y Everton Ribeiro.

Health and safety protocols could force up to three Flamengo players to miss this match as willian arao, Matheus Cunha Y diego alves all have tested positive for COVID.

rodrigo fell could make a full recovery from his knee injury in mid-July, but Bruno HenriqueThe knee is not expected to heal until the end of September.

anderson silver has been Tolima’s main contributor in this tournament, with four goals, although he is an injury concern heading into this match after suffering a knock in the first leg of the Category Primera A Final, where he was replaced by louis miranda.

If not available, jeison lucumi they will be counted on to provide some offence, having scored twice so far in this competition, while brayan rovira he should be their primary creator, having contributed two assists so far.

miguel rangel Y John Ferdinand Caicedo have scored 11 goals between them at the national level this season, but have failed to add in this tournament, while Yohandry Orozco He has six assists in the League, although he has not found the marker in the Libertadores.

Possible Flamengo starting line-up:
Saints; Ayrton, Pereira, Luiz, Matheuzinho; Maia, Diego, De Arrascaeta; Everton, Barbosa, Ribeiro

Deportes Tolima possible starting lineup:
Dominguez; Riascos, Quinones, Moya, Hernandez; Rovira, Urena; Rangel, Melendez, Lucumi; Caicedo


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We say: Flamengo 2-0 Deportes Tolima

When things are at their worst, Flamengo can always count on the Copa Libertadores to lift their spirits and keep them motivated.

Although they don’t look like the South American force of recent years, they have more than enough quality individuals to pick up the slack and get through this tie.

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