Fluminense Break Down FC Dallas For Opening Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Win

Fluminense FC players celebrate Felipe Sampaio's 80th minute goal against FC Dallas Sunday in the Cotton Bowl. Photo by David Chaffin

In each side’s opening  Gordon Jago Super Group match, Fluminense defeated FC Dallas 1-0 on a late 80th minute goal by striker Felipe Sampaio. The match, which was a scrappy affair, was the first game of an opening-day Dr Pepper Dallas Cup triple-header at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

FC Dallas began the match brightly during the opening few minutes, holding the ball for long spells and sending their fullbacks on runs to goal. Left back Edwin Munjoma in particular seemed pacy when running at the Fluminense defense.

More through balls were attempted by FC Dallas as the half wore on, including several dangerous ones by Giovanni Montesdeoca. However, it was Fluminense who had the best chance to score in the opening period, after an FC Dallas goal kick fell straight to the feet of an attacker. A key defensive block was made though, prior to the shot coming close to goal.

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The second half was all Fluminense though, as the reigning Brazilian U-20 Champions launched attack after attack at the FC Dallas goal.  The pressure significantly increased near the hour mark with Talles de Paula firing straight at the goalkeeper.

The withdrawal of Montesdeoca by FC Dallas manager Francisco Molina on 64 minutes signaled FC Dallas’ intent to try and escape with a point from the match. But the pressure from Fluminense did not subside and they were rewarded for their efforts 10 minutes from time.

Fluminense FC players celebrate Felipe Sampaio's 80th minute goal against FC Dallas. Photo by David Chaffin
Fluminense FC players celebrate Felipe Sampaio’s 80th minute goal against FC Dallas. Photos by David Chaffin

After good build-up play on the right wing, Sampaio was played through on goal by Guilherme Eulalio de Oliveira and poked home past the goalkeeper for the game’s only goal.

Late pressure applied by FC Dallas via corner kicks wasn’t enough to rescue a point for FC Dallas as they lost out to the Brazilians in a game of very few chances.

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