With 2-1 on the scorecard as the referee blew the final whistle, the kids yesterday sent Velo Clube home from the São Paulo Youth Cup. After goals from Chico and Diego Souza within eight minutes, what should have been a walk in the park actually turned rather tense as Velo Clube found the back of the net early in the second half and Palmeiras defender Luiz Gustavo saw his second yellow for the night. Still, the game was closer to 3-1 than the equalizer and the victory was more than well deserved.
Palmeiras take on Cruzeiro in the quarter-finals, the mineiros having beaten Atibaia 1-0. Unfortunately, the Verdãozinho are not only without Luiz Gustavo but also playmaker Diego Souza, unjustifiably sent off at the very end of the second half.
The clash with Cruzeiro takes place tomorrow Saturday, at 17h local time, at the Barueri stadium. The winner proceeds to the semi-finals where Santos or Audax São Paulo await.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!