Maxi Lopez and Gabigol: Attackers with "Famine" in the Million Dollar ClassicApril 14, 2019
Goals in decisive classics are able to leave players marked in club history forever. Petkovic, Pedrinho, Romário, Edmundo … in the case of Flamengo and Vasco, examples are not lacking and, on Sunday, the expectation will not be different in the first match of the State's decision. In Nilton Santos, two attackers want to join this list: Maxi Lopez and Gabigol.
Maxi López returned to the starting lineup this Saturday after recovering from low back pain and playing a decisive part of the goal on Wednesday. Against Avaí, he did the pivotal work and threw to Yan Sasse, who rolled over to Yago Pikachu to push into the net.
Maxi already has a goal against Flamengo. At the beginning of this season, a penalty, at the end of the match, secured the tie against the greatest rival. Back in the team – with Tiago Reis on the bench, he seeks to get even more into the history of the Maltese cross-club.
Strengthening to 2019, Gabriel Barbosa quickly fell in the graces of the Nation. They are nine goals in 13 games for Flamengo. This, however, will be the first Gabigol classic against Vasco by the Gávea team. In the two times in which the rivals met in the Rio Cup, Abel Braga opted for an alternative team and shirt 9 was among the holders preserved.
The use of shirt 9 in classics is positive. In the State, there were three "Fla-Flus", and Gabigol scored two goals – one of them in the 1-1 draw in the Carioca semifinal, which secured the Rubro-Negro in the decision. The striker still played a match against Botafogo, for the Guanabara Cup, but went blank.
Confirmed for the decision on Sunday, Gabigol hopes to match the expectation and, with goals, to occupy the vacancy of "Vasco's executioner", which has been open for some years. In recent seasons, the attackers who wore the "9" shirts – or acted like – did not want to.
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