Flamengo beat Internacional to edge toward Brazilian Serie A title

2021-02-22 04:05:23 GMT2021-02-22 12:05:23(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Uruguay international midfielder Giorgian De Arrascaeta scored one goal and set up another as defending champions Flamengo came from behind to beat fellow title contenders Internacional 2-1 in Brazil's Serie A championship on Sunday.

The result saw Flamengo overtake Internacional at the top of the 20-team standings with one round of fixtures remaining.

Rogerio Ceni's team will secure back-to-back top flight crowns for the first time since 1982-83 if they beat Sao Paulo away on the final day of the season on Thursday.

Internacional, meanwhile, can end a 42-year Serie A title drought if they defeat Corinthians at home and Flamengo fail to win.

Edenilson put Internacional ahead at the Maracana stadium by converting a 12th-minute penalty before Arrascaeta fired in a first-time strike with his weaker left foot after a Bruno Henrique's cross from the left.

Internacional were reduced to 10 men just after halftime when Rodinei was shown a straight red card for stomping on defender Filipe Luis.

Gabriel Barbosa then gave Flamengo the lead, running onto an Arrascaeta through ball and sweeping home from eight yards.

In other fixtures on Sunday, Gremio overcame Athletico Paranaense 1-0, Fluminense drew 1-1 at Santos, Vasco da Gama held Corinthians to a goalless draw in Sao Paulo, Atletico Mineiro won 3-2 at Sport Recife, and Goias drew 0-0 at home to Bragantino. Enditem