Hulk and Diego Costa players’ Atlético Mineiro on Thursday won the Brasileirao-2021, the Brazilian football championship, for the first time in 50 years, breaking Flamengo’s hegemony.
Belo Horizonte’s team, led by Alexi Stival “Cuca” secured their second title after 1971, with a 3-2 win over Bahia in Salvador de Bahia (northeast) in an epic two-match comeback. before the end of the competition.
The team has reached 81 points in 36 games and is 11 points ahead of Flamengo, second in the standings, which had won the last two editions of the competition.
Bahia, who is struggling to avoid relegation, began by dominating the game with two goals from Luiz Otavio and Gilberto in the 62nd and 66th minutes, but his rival regained the upper hand in four minutes with goals from the Hulk (73rd, on penalty ) and a double in Keno (74th and 77th).
With one of the best teams in America, Atlético Mineiro secured the title two days from the end of the championship. After a bad start to the season, the club managed to pull themselves together and dominated the competition from the fifteenth day.
The title of champion of Brasileirao-2021 rewards the financial investments of the “mineiros” in players coveted worldwide to end the reign of Flamengo.
Flamengo has suffered its third blow in five days: no title in the Brazilian championship or the Copa Libertadores (they lost the final against Palmeiras on Saturday), South American equivalent of the Champions League, and no new coach after the departure of Renato Portaluppi on Monday following this turnaround.