As if the advantage of the two goals in Maracanã in the first stage was not enough, Cruzeiro has a more favorable factor in tomorrow's game to secure, against Flamengo, in Mineirão, their place in the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores: looking back at the confrontation. In the six times they were confronted with elimination matches, the protagonist became better and better.
The last memory is still alive in the memory of the heavenly supporter: the contest of September 27 last year, in which the Giant of Pampulha has inaugurated the last champion of the Brazilian Cup. After 1 to 1 in Maracanã (The Arrascaeta scored for Raposa), the goalless draw led to a penalty shoot-out: 5 to 3 for Cruzeiro, with Fábio's defense against Diego's attack.
If he does not enter the field, the ball of the draw has everything to gain much of the star rating, because the rival also took advantage of the state of acting for his fans, in the Maracanã. It was so in the first knockout between them, in the quarterfinals of the 1995 Brazil Glass; and in the semi-finals of the Super Cup of Champions, who died in 1995, when Rubro-Negro not only won both games, but also used a goal difference that qualified him for the only goal: 3-1.
The change at home came on top of last year's Copa do Brasil in the semi-finals of the same game in 1996 and the 2003 decision when Vanderlei Luxemburgo reached the Triple Crown in the bank and Alex's talent on the field.
Excessive scores, such as those that the team of Maurício Barbieri does not need to exasperate the elimination, are rare in the history of the games with Cruzeiro. In the Mineirão there are 33 matches in total, with 15 celestial victories, 11 draws and seven red-black victories, of which there was only one by two goals of diffusion, in the already distant Brazilian of 1991 (0 x 2), when the current Flaherty's coach was a 10-year-old boy. The two goals scored by striker Nelio, older brother of left back Gilberto, who would excel in the starry sky. In the field there were still two players who today distinguish themselves as coaches: Adílson Batista (América coach) was a promising defender at Cruzeiro, while Zé Ricardo (now before Botafogo) entered the second stage instead of Djalminha.