The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) defined, this Tuesday (5), the referees for the finals of the Copa do Brasil, disputed between São Paulo and Flamengo. Anderson Daronco from Rio Grande do Sul whistles the first leg, played at Maracanã, on September 17th. Seven days later, at the Morumbi stadium, Bráulio da Silva Machado from Santa Catarina will be the owner of the whistle. The choice of judges, both FIFA, moved the net and caused irritation from both tricolor and red-black fans.

The Tricolor side remembers that Daronco was the one who whistled the return match of the quarterfinals between São Paulo and Palmeiras. On the occasion, the gaucho scored a foul in a goal by Jonathan Calleri and was called by the video referee, but maintained his decision on the field. The São Paulo fans also questioned Bráulio, who whistled precisely the departure of the classic Choque-Rei, in Morumbi, where, according to fans, the judge from Santa Catarina was strict with yellow cards and conniving with the palmeirense wax.

As well as the tricolors, part of Flamengo fans criticized both referees and guarantees that their team will be harmed. Unlike the São Paulo team, the Flamengo team did not mention controversial moves by the judges in matches involving the club from Rio de Janeiro, but said that the characteristics of the professionals favor São Paulo, as Daronco scores many fouls and this can help the visitor at Maracanã, while Bráulio is considered “homegrown”, a term for a referee who favors the home team.

Copa do Brasil is the opportunity for São Paulo or Flamengo to end the season with a title

Paulistas and cariocas still haven’t lifted a cup in 2023 and the national cup is the opportunity for that. Rubro-Negro, with a star-studded squad, failed in the disputes of the Brazilian Super Cup, the Club World Cup, the Carioca Championship (all coached by the Portuguese Vítor Pereira) and more recently in the Copa Libertadores, when they fell to Olimpia.

Tricolor do Morumbi, on the other hand, fell to the modest Água Santa in the Paulistão quarterfinals with Rogério Ceni as coach. Then, with Dorival, he was eliminated by LDU, from Ecuador, in the Copa Sudamericana.

For both, the Brasileirão title is unlikely. Closer to first place, Flamengo is in fourth place, 12 points behind leader Botafogo. São Paulo does not even have a G4 fight with Dorival, occupying 11th place with just 28 points, having one game less.

Flamengo’s next games

  • Flamengo x Athletico-PR – Brazilian Championship – Kléber Andrade Stadium (Cariacica) – Wednesday (13/9), at 21:30 (Brasília time);
  • Flamengo x São Paulo – Copa do Brasil (final – one way) – Maracanã – Sunday (9/17), time to be confirmed;
  • Goiás x Flamengo – Brazilian Championship – Serrinha – Wednesday (9/20), at 7 pm (Brasília time)

Sao Paulo next games

  • Internacional x São Paulo – Brasileirão Série A – Beira-Rio – September 13 (Wednesday), at 7 pm (Brasília time);
  • Flamengo x São Paulo – Copa do Brasil – Maracanã – September 17 (Sunday), at 3 pm (Brasília time);
  • São Paulo x Fortaleza – Brasileirão Série A – Morumbi – September 20 (Wednesday), at 21:30 (Brasília time).

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