Deportes Tolima take on the visitors Flamengo in the first leg of the round of last 16 match of Copa Libertadores. The match will be played on Thursday, June 30th at Estadio Manuel Murillo Toro (Ibagué).
Deportes Tolima is currently playing on a very tight schedule. "Wine and gold" is now just very tightly occupied in the domestic arena. The end of June in Colombia is just the time for the final matches for the Mustang Cup. And in this spark, the team clashed with Atlético Nacional. On the other hand, of course, they want to prove themselves in the Copa Libertadores. There it turned out to confidently pass the group round. Deportes Tolima took 11 points in the quartet, the same as Atlético Mineiro. And only by additional indicators they lost the 1st place in the group to the Brazilians. Now, because of this, you will have to play with another grandee from the same country. But will there be strength for this with such a busy schedule?
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Flamengo trying to save this season The Vultures, after success in 2019-2020, became national champions. Of course, against this background, 2nd place, combined with the defeat in the final of the Copa Libertadores, was regarded as a step back. To return to the lost positions, Paulo Souza was called to Rio de Janeiro. But the Portuguese, unlike many of his countrymen, failed in Brazil, and very quickly. However, under his successor, Dorival Junior, there was no dramatic progress. Already with this specialist, the grandee flew out of the cup, losing to Atletico Mineiro, and there were enough problems in Serie A. But at the same time, in the Copa Libertadores, the Brazilians were really good this spring. There, only Talleres Cordoba could not lose at home to Flamengo, playing 2-2 - all the other 5 matches of the group round ended in victories for the Vultures.
Flamengo is one of the strongest clubs in the country with outstanding experience in international tournaments. But this cannot be said about Deportes Tolima, so it is not surprising that this will be the first match between these clubs. Deportes Tolima will cling to their chances. But Flamengo really needs success at least in the Copa. So, we bet on the option with "both teams to score".
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score – yes.