The King celebrates his premiere: Arturo Vidal enters the agonizing triumph of Flamengo

The King celebrates his premiere: Arturo Vidal enters the agonizing triumph of Flamengo

The national midfielder played the last minutes of the duel between Mengao and Avai. The Chilean national team started the game from the goal that gave the victory to his team, at 84 ‘of the match.

One day the king returned to South America. Arturo Vidal made his debut in the Flamengo shirt. The national midfielder entered in the 78th minute of the duel between Mengao and Avai, when the actions were at 1-1. In the end, it was a 2-1 victory for his new team, which reached 30 units at the Brasileirao.

There was a wait. Last night, the Chilean, grand booster from the cast of Rio de Janeiro, entered the list of 24 summoned by Dorival Júnior. Fans were eager to see him wear the red and black jersey. And the wait was long, because the coach only gave him a few minutes in the final stretch of the match.

He did not enter a favorable context. Flamengo did not win. It was not a jump on the field for the applause. On the contrary, during the visits, hostility was noted on the part of the supporters of the local team at each intervention of the former Inter Milan. Knowing that he is a harassed player, a few blunders fell on him from Avai fans.

Arturo Vidal jumps onto the pitch during the previous warm-up.
Arturo Vidal jumps onto the pitch during the previous warm-up. Photo: Twitter @Flamengo

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In football terms, it was a complex dispute for Fla. The first half was even, with shared possession and – unclear – chances for both. From the second part, the panorama became upward for the Rubro-Black. Barely two minutes into the game and Arthur Chaves opened Avai’s account. Nathanael reached the baseline, crossed and it looked like the ball was passing, however, Flamengo’s defense didn’t defend well and the home side’s centre-back rose higher than everyone else, to lead and beat Aderbar Santos.

Fortunately for Dorival Junior, his men were quick to react. At 55′, Pedro, the hero of the day, equalized the action. Giorgian de Arrascaeta, another standout, attacked from the right and crossed with precision for the striker, who controlled with his thigh and defined from close range, entering the small area. Vladimir could do nothing.

With 1-1, Flamengo breathed better. However, the clock was ticking and the imbalance did not happen. In this part of the game, the Fla generated more chances than his opponent on serve. But he couldn’t break parity.

Thus, twelve minutes before the expiration of regulation time, the coach decides on the changes. Rodinei replaced Mateuzinho and Arturo Vidal for Éverton Ribeiro. The Chilean ended up being decisive. Beyond the enthusiasm put in his silhouette, on the court, the King reacted immediately. Cold numbers say he delivered 70% of the balls he played to a teammate and won half of the duels he had.

Of course, his was important on the scoreboard. With six minutes remaining, Avai launched a quick attack, but when they tried to play the ball in from the right into the middle, Arturo Vidal went to the ground and regained possession. After that, a rapid upfield progression that ended in the same formula that gave them the tie, Giorgian de Arrascaeta’s cross for Pedro and to celebrate. This time the goal was headed.

The marker was no longer moving. Flamengo defeated Avai 2-1, in the expected premiere of Arturo Vidal , the king participating in the second conquest. A long-awaited debut for the midfielder. “When I step onto the pitch with the Flamengo shirt, it will be the happiest moment of my career,” the former Barcelona player said in the preview.

The three units leave Flamengo in sixth position from Brasileirao. Six points behind the leader, which is Palmeiras, of course with one game more. The first part of the championship was not good for Fla, but they hope to turn things around with their additions and fight for the title until the end.

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Source: Latercera

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