Atlético Nacional vs Fluminense, Wednesday’s match for the second round of the Copa Sudamericana.
The defeat at Maracanã caused the dismissal of Brazilian coach Paulo Autuori. It was a drop of water that finished the one-year-long season, which started poorly with Atlético Nacional’s drop in the Copa Libertadores qualifiers, but was relieved with the playoffs for the Apertura Tournament of the Águila League, the first round of the Colombian Championship, but was complicated by poor performance in the initial phase of the quadrangular.
At the end of the first round of the stage that will set the Apertura Tournament finalists, Atlético Nacional had made just one point out of the possible nine. Thus, the thrashing of 4 to 1 before the Fluminense was the drop of water for the fall of Autuori.
Juan Carlos Osorio was chosen as the favourite name for the position. The coach, who commanded the selection of Mexico in the World Cup of Russia and had a brief passage for the selection of Paraguay, entered into negotiations.
However, with interim control, Atlético Nacional managed on Saturday to defeat Deportivo Cali 1-0 at home to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the first round of the Colombian Championship.
With four points (one win, one draw and two defeats), they are still in the group 4 last place. But they equalled Deportivo Cali, who had a better goal difference and was reduced to two points. Tolima and Atlético Junior, who share the lead. Two days left for the final.
Fluminense had its unbeaten three-match sequence broken by Bahia on Sunday, May 26. In a match held at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, for the sixth round of the Brazilian Championship, it took 3 to 2 in a game once again marked by controversy in the use of the video referee and a gross error of the goalkeeper Agenor, who ended up being expelled.
The midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso, who was left in the reserve bench in the meeting with Bahia entering only the second half to avoid further physical wasting should also be among the starters.
The attackers João Pedro and Pedro, who have been called up respectively by Portugal and Brazil for the Toulon Tournament, will be out of the game.
Having possession as their specialty and being able to even manage a defeat, the Fluminense makes the prognostic in the victory of Atlético Nacional as the best option for the confrontation of Wednesday’s match for the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana.