Fluminense welcome Cruzeiro for the opening leg of their Copa do Brasil round of 16 tie at Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã) on Thursday evening (11pm, UK time).
The hosts are seeking to win a second crown this season with their only success coming in 2007 which came after losing two finals. As for Cruzeiro they are the record winners having triumphed on six occasions with their most recent win coming in 2018 after overcoming Corinthians across two legs.
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Fluminense entered in the third round and were paired with Vila Nova whom they edged out 5-2 across two legs. In the opening fixture they fell behind twice but managed to run out 3-2 winners. Ganso, Germán Cano and Fred all got on the scoresheet for Fernando Diniz’s side. Next time out Fluminense were 0-2 victors on the road. Cano was again on the mark with Luiz Henrique rounding off the win. Before this season Fluminense were on a two-game losing streak in the Copa and they’ll be looking to register three wins on the bounce in this competition since 2019.
Cruzeiro, meanwhile, were drawn against Remo with the first game taking place on the road. The hosts would shock their more illustrious opponents by claiming a 2-1 success despite Rodolfo putting Cruzeiro in front. In the return leg Edu scored the game’s only goal meaning penalties were needed to decide who advanced. Edu missed one of the ensuing spot kicks but Cruzeiro would pick up a 5-4 win. This will be the third Copa meeting between the clubs with Cruzeiro previously eliminating Fluminense in this round three years ago.
Scoreline prediction: Fluminense 2-1 Cruzeiro
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