Brasilia, Aug 25: Flamengo football coach Mano Menezes admitted that his team deserved their 0-1 defeat to Gremio.
Defender Para scored the only goal at the Mane Garrincha stadium with an eighth minute free-kick that flew through a gaping hole in Flamengo’s wall Saturday, reports Xinhua.
The result left Flamengo 13th in the Campeonato Brasileiro standings while Gremio rose to third.
“We produced far less than what we are used to,” Menezes said. “For that reason we didn’t deserve anymore than a defeat.”
“We improved a little in the second half but not enough to equalise. We had a lot of difficulty organising our play.”
Also Saturday, Cruzeiro defeated hosts Ponte Preta 2-0 and Santos beat Vitoria 2-0.