Filipe Luís: Flamengo have penalty king in Gabigol

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Filipe Luís has commended the composure Flamengo team-mate Gabriel Barbosa continues to show from the penalty spot.

Gabigol’s 85th-minute spot kick in Ecuador in midweek secured a 3-2 win for the Rubro-Negro over LDU Quito to continue their 100% start to Copa Libertadores Group G.

And Luís is happy that the Mengão have such a reliable taker on board.

“Few times have I been as sure of a goal as I am when Gabigol is going to hit a penalty,” the former Atlético Madrid left-back said, per Gazeta Esportiva.

“Of course, there will come a time when he will miss, but today he passes this impressive security.

“Calm, cool, read very well, study goalkeepers… He is a guy who keeps growing and evolving and, therefore, he is at the level he is at.”

Flamengo can book their progression in the Copa with a win over Chilean side Unión La Calera in Santiago on Tuesday.

Flamengo 4
Volta Redonda 1
Full time

Before that, they have some domestic business to attend to when they take on Volta Redondo in the second leg of their Campeonato Carioca semi-final.

The hosts will start at the Maracanã with a 3-0 advantage from the first leg.