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Racing vs Flamengo, for the Copa Libertadores: preview and formations, live


The Argentine team arrives in crisis, due to the departure of Diego Milito and the losing streak at the local level. The champion of America recovers Gabigol.

11/24/2020 18:30

  • Clarí

  • sports

Updated 11/24/2020 18:30

Racing Club receives Flamengo from Brazil, in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores 2020

, involved in an unexpected institutional and sports crisis, with

the resignation that Diego Milito

anticipated this Sunday to the Technical Secretariat since December, departure that adds to the team's four-game losing streak in local competition.

The match will be played this Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. (Argentina time) at the Presidente Perón stadium

, with the refereeing by Venezuelan Alexis Herrera and

live televising on ESPN 2

(channels 103 of Cablevisión and 623 of DirecTV).

The rematch of this crossing is scheduled for next Tuesday, December 1, at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro


The winner of this round of 16 bracket will face the winner of the heads-up between Boca Juniors and Internacional de Porto Alegre, who this Wednesday will play the first leg in Brazil.

Sebastián Beccacece is left in an uncomfortable situation with the departure of Diego Milito from Racing.

Racing comes a priori in the worst condition

to the duel against nothing less than the current champion of America, who will also recover two of his strongholds for this commitment:

the striker Gabriel Barbosa, Gabigol, and the left-back Filipe Luis


Both Racing and Flamengo finished the previous round with the same number of points, 15

, which were enough for the Brazilian team to win group A while the Argentines were second in F, behind Nacional de Montevideo, who surpassed them by difference of goals.

Diego Milito, one of the great contemporary idols of Racing along with Lisandro López, decided this Sunday to confirm the rumor that had been installed during the week and anticipated that in December he will leave the position of technical secretary at the Avellaneda club due to differences that he claims to have with President Víctor Blanco.

In a video posted on his Instagram account, Milito assumed that he was not "able to convince" the leadership to achieve "the professionalization of a fundamental area such as sports."

"I feel that I have not been listened to and that is why I leave the space for him to continue with his ideas. On the other hand, I want to clarify that this is not from now, it comes from a while ago and I have talked about it repeatedly with him" , clarified the Prince, 41 years old.

"I do not share the model and ideas of the president's club. Surely it will sound strong to some, but it is not. I have nothing personal against Víctor, whom I respect and understand that he leaves everything for the institution," added the former striker, champion as a footballer in 2001 and 2014, who assumed the leadership position in December 2017.

"I think it has been successful. With errors and virtues, the results are in sight," he commented on the two titles he won as a manager: the 2018/19 Super League and the 2019 Champions Trophy.

A year ago, in Lima, who decided the final was @gabigol.

With his two comeback goals, we beat River Plate in the last minutes and won the two-time championship.

November 23 is the day of #GloriaEternaRubroNegra and it will never leave our memory ❤🖤 # CRF

- Flamengo (@Flamengo_es) November 23, 2020

The predictability of the resignation

, which had been speculated during the previous days,

does not cushion the blow that it implies for the Argentine club a few hours after facing the crucial duel against Flamengo

, which he arrives with coach Sebastián Beccacece weakened by four


consecutive defeats the team suffered in the Professional League Cup.

"I ask you not to take sides or do quilombo at this time. We must continue supporting this coaching staff," Milito said about the coach who arrived for his decision and from whom an uncertain panorama opens before the departure of the head of the football area .

In the preview of the clash against



Beccacece received the bad news that he will not be able to count on forward Jonatan Cristaldo

, who tested positive in the last coronavirus analysis carried out on the campus and performs preventive and mandatory isolation without showing symptoms of the disease.

Argentina's Racing Club head coach Sebastian Beccacece gestures during the closed-door Copa Libertadores group phase football match between Argentina's Racing and Venezuela's Estudiantes de Merida at the Presidente Peron Stadium in Buenos Aires, on October 21, 2020, amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic .

(Photo by Juan Ignacio RONCORONI / POOL / AFP)

Although he was a substitute,

Cristaldo emerged as an offensive variant in the face of the tear suffered by Darío Cvitanich in the right adductor muscle


Other players who will be absent from Racing due to various injuries are Chilean midfielder Marcelo Díaz (operated on his right knee), Paraguayan winger Lorenzo Melgarejo and midfielder Augusto Solari, both with muscular contractions.

Beccacece would bet on a conservative approach, even being local, with five defenders

, a plan designed to take more precautions and counteract the offensive power of Rogerio Ceni's team.

Let's go guys.

Life for these colors 🔵⚪ # AguanteRacing

- Racing Club (@RacingClub) November 23, 2020

Flamengo is coming off getting the first win since the new coach took office, who is also not comfortable at the Copa Libertadores cross: the 3-1 victory against Coritiba, by Brasileirao, decompressed a critical situation unleashed after receiving recent thrashes and be eliminated against São Paulo in the quarterfinals of the Brazilian Cup.

The Rio de Janeiro team is the transitory leader in the Brazilian tournament, with 39 points

(as is Atlético Mineiro), although São Paulo is on the prowl with 37 and two games pending.

To visit Avellaneda,

Rogerio Ceni will recover the attacker Gabriel Barbosa


, who after overcoming an injury had returned in the first leg of the Brazil Cup against San Pablo, but suffered again and was left out in the last





Rogerio Ceni achieved some peace of mind in Flamengo with the 3-1 win over Coritiba.


The World Cup winger Filipe Luis, meanwhile, overcame muscle pain and will also be with the squad.

On the other hand,

the defender Rodrigo Caio and the forward Pedro, current scorer in the season in his country

, who was injured in the match in which the Brazilian team won 1-0 over Venezuela in São Paulo


will not be in Argentina


Racing and Flamengo will meet again after 28 years, since the only duel between the two dates from 1992, in the semifinals of the Super Cup


In the first leg, they tied 3 to 3 in Brazil.

And in the rematch the Academy won 1 to 0 with a goal from Alfredo Graciani.

In the final, the Argentines lost to Cruzeiro.


- Gabi (@gabigol) November 15, 2020

Avellaneda's team faced Brazilian rivals 39 times, with 11 wins, 14 falls and 14 equalities


The last was in the first round of the 2019 Copa Sudamericana, when Corinthians eliminated him on penalties after two 1-1 draws.

Possible formations

Racing Club

: Gabriel Arias;

Fabricio Domínguez or Iván Pillud, Leonardo Sigali, Nery Domínguez, Alexis Soto, Eugenio Mena;

Matías Rojas, Leonel Miranda, Héctor Fértoli;

Nicolás Reniero and Lisandro López.


: Sebastián Beccacece.


: Diego Alves;

Mauricio Isla, Thuler, Leo Pereira, René or Filipe Luis;

Willian Arao, Gerson, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Éverton Ribeiro;

Bruno Henrique and Gabigol or Vitinho.


: Rogerio Ceni.


: 21:30 (from Argentina).


: ESPN 2.


: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela).


: President Perón.

Source: clarin

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