Palmeiras 1 – 1 Corinthians
Only one game for Palmeiras this week, but one hell of a game. The most traditional derby of São Paulo happened on the Sunday, and the Palmeiras-Corinthians game had all ingredients needed to make it an exciting event.
Felipão chose a basic 4-4-2 with Deola; Vitor, Danilo, Maurício Ramos and Armero; Pierre, Edinho, Márcio Araujo and Lincoln; Ewerton and Kleber. Two important details in the line-up: Marcos felt pains in his knee and Deola stepped up between the posts; and Danilo – having been let off the hook with the transformation of the second half of his eleven games suspensions into a fine – returned in his centre back position. Corinthians, without players Roberto Carlos and Dentinho, also sported a 4-4-2 formation.
Corinthians clearly dominated the first 20 minutes of the game, which basically took place on Palmeiras’ defensive half. Corinthians scored in the 21st minute in a rapid counter-attack. Palmeiras slowly picked up pace and positions, creating numerous chances in the remainder of the first half, Kleber and Lincoln showing great form. The equalizer came just before half time, when Lincoln after several attempts got a cross over, Danilo served Kleber who’s header was deflected by the goalkeeper and left Edinho with a clear shot to the back of the net.
In the second half Palmeiras came back stronger and dominated for the first 15-20 minutes. After that, both teams created a large number of chances: Corinthians getting stuck on Deola’s skill and Palmeiras wasting numerous opportunities as Ewerthon again and again finding himself in offside position. The end result was fair, the game a beauty in terms of fighting spirit and excitement for the viewer. The result left Palmeiras in 11th place with 15 points. Watch the highlights below.