Champions Flamengo begin 2020 campaign with home loss

Soccer Football - Brasileiro Championship - Flamengo v Atletico Mineiro - Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - August 9, 2020 Flamengo's Giorgian De Arrascaeta in action with Atletico Mineiro's Guga, following the resumption of play behind closed doors after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Spanish coach Domenec Torrent got off to a losing start when his new club Flamengo were beaten 1-0 by Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian league on Sunday.

Torrent, who joined the Serie A champions last month after a stint in charge of New York City FC and a decade as assistant to Pep Guardiola, saw his side lose to an unfortunate own goal by Filipe Luis on the opening weekend of the new season.

Midway through the first half Guilherme Arana crossed from the left and the ball struck the leg of the former Atletico Madrid and Chelsea full back and flew into the net.

The three points were an unhappy start for Torrent but perfect for Jorge Sampaoli, the Argentine who took over at Atletico earlier this year.

Flamengo won the Rio de Janeiro state championship in July under Jorge Jesus, who left soon after to return to Benfica.

More Stories