In a match with not much action or excitement, a brilliant 79th-minute header from former Corinthians midfielder Willian Arão was enough to give Flamengo a 1-0 win away at the Arena Corinthians on Wednesday night.
The two sides will meet again on 4 June to decide who will move on to the Copa do Brasil quarter-finals.
The first half saw Flamengo control most of the possession but they weren’t able to make it count.
Léo Duarte’s header nearly opened the scoring in the 12th minute but his effort went over Cassio’s crossbar.
The second half was a little more lively but it was generally all Flamengo but Timão came out of the gate with two quick chances.
Vagner Love had an early opportunity after Danilo Avelar played him in but goalkeeper Diego Alves was there to make the save.
Avelar then got up for a header minutes later but his effort sailed over the bar.
In the 79th minute, Willian Arão broke the deadlock by heading home Bruno Henrique’s cross for the game’s only goal.
— Flamengo (@Flamengo) May 16, 2019
Corinthians will travel to face Athletico Paranaense on Sunday in Brasileirão action.