Top of the League
Adriano faced Atletico Mineiro away from home in the second leg of the cup quarter final. After winning the first leg at home 1-0, Flamengo were in a good position to progress into the semis. Everton Ribeiro gave Flamengo an early lead after just 6 minutes. Then in the 76th minute Allan dribbled the length of the pitch to equalize for Mineiro. The game ended 1-1, and Flamengo progressed into the semi 2-1 on aggregate. Adriano will face Santos in the semi-final.
Adriano’s next league game came against a local rival Botafogo. They were doing alright this season and were sitting 5th in the league before the game. Japanese international Keisuke Honda gave the home team an early lead, scoring after just 5 minutes. Bruno Henrique pulled one back for Flamengo 10 minutes later. Then it was the Willian Arao-show. The midfielder scored a long-range striker after 29 minutes, and then his second, a header to give Flamengo a 3-1 win. Botafogo midfielder Cortez picked up his second yellow with just one-minute left to play. A great win for Adriano’s side who sit top of the league still, and there is only one team really in the title race with Flamengo, Sao Paulo continue to play well and challenge at the top. Adriano’s next game would come against Paraguayan side, Cristal in the Copa Libertadores.