Fla.'S top scorer, Gabigol lives another side of the coin after night as 'villain'


Gabigol was sent off in the 28th minute of the second half. Seven minutes later, Peñarol coach Diego López puts the team ahead and sends Viatri to the pitch. At 42min, the Argentine striker uses his head and scores the Uruguayans' victory at Maracanã over Flamengo.

Team scorer in the season with eight goals in eleven games, Gabigol lived for the first time the other side of the coin in the new club. Accustomed to using social networks to celebrate magical nights with the fans, the center-forward was in a delicate situation since much of the fans considered him the main culprit in the setback.

Truth be told, he showed personality by stopping to give interviews in the mixed zone of Maracanã, soon after the defeat. In explanation for the bid, said that the referee of the match was very rigid. It did not help.

Gabigol's Twitter was a clear example of the fans' dissatisfaction. Before the game much expectation upon the athlete. After the expulsion, however, many curses and even some advice to stay more calm during the matches of Flamengo.

Coach Abel Braga did not even touch the forward's head. According to the coach of Flamengo, the expulsion weighed so that the Peñarol obtained the victory in the Maracanã.

The expulsion should serve as a tug on the ear in Gabigol. That's because Flamengo would need to win the home games to reach the last 16. With the defeat, Rubro-negro will have to beat São José-BOL in Maracanã. Depending on the opponents' results, the final two away games may be decisive.

With the defeat, Flamengo continues with six points but loses the lead of Group D just for Peñarol. Rubro-negro returns to the field for the Libertadores next Thursday, when he receives the San José-BOL, in Maracanã. Before, however, the team has the semifinal against Fluminense, on Saturday, by Carioca.


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