Flamengo and Sao Paulo draw 1-1 in Brazilian soccer debut

16:11, May 10, 2010      

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Hosting Sao Paulo in the first match of the 2010 Brazilian Championship on Sunday, the reigning champions Flamengo pulled out a 1-1 draw.

Both clubs played with a mixed team of reserves due to the fact that they are both alive in the quarterfinals of the Libertadores Cup.

Despite the heavy rain at the Maracana stadium, Sao Paulo scored the game's first goal. In the 45th minute, Marcelinho Paraiba received the ball off a give-and-go, cutting through the defense and passing it off to Washington who slid to kick the ball into the back of Flamengo's net.

Flamengo responded just as soon as the second half began. In the 51st minute, Michael lofted the ball down the field to a streaking Denis Marques. Dominating the ball, Marques attacked Sao Paulo's ace goalie, Rogerio Ceni, sliding the ball underneath the diving goalie and into the net.

Flamengo head coach Rogerio Lorenco said the draw was not necessarily a bad result. The team was able to win their first point of the tournament without their team's leading scorers Vagner Love and Adriano.

The lack of both team's star players was due to the teams' respective upcoming matches in the quarterfinals of the Libertadores Cup. On May 12, Flamengo will host Universidad de Chile in the first leg of the series showdown. On the same day, Sao Paulo will travel to play another Brazilian team, Cruzeiro.

In the 2nd round of the Brazilian Championship, Flamengo will travel to face Vitoria on May 15. Sao Paulo will hold their first home game of the tournament on May 16 against Botafogo.



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