Rio de Janeiro, May 27 (IANS) Second-half wonder goals from Fabricio and Datolo earned Internacional a 3-3 draw against Flamengo in the Brazilian championship here.
An Airton strike and Ronaldinho penalty had given Flamengo a 2-0 lead after 16 minutes at Rio’s Engenhao stadium Saturday.
Gilberto tapped in Fabricio’s cross to make it 2-1 on 33 minutes before Vagner Love extended Flamengo’s lead with a left foot finish in the 48th minute, Xinhua reported.
But successive strikes from Fabricio and Datolo from outside the area levelled the scores with 20 minutes remaining. Datolo’s stunning effort into the left corner came after Ronaldinho lost possession in midfield.
The former Barcelona and AC Milan star was subsequently substituted by coach Joel Santana, drawing a chorus of boos from Flamengo fans.
For Internacional the result added weight due to the absence of eight first-team regulars. Among them were Leandro Damiao and Oscar, who were on international duties.
In other games Vasco da Gama defeated Portuguesa 1-0 while Ponte Preta and Atletico Goias drew 1-1.