Taboos are taboos for a reason. They prevail against odds and reason. They evoke something special, defy logic, take shapes beyond their importance. That’s where their magic lies. And that’s why breaking taboos is so satisfying.
Three years without victory against Corinthians. 19 years without beating Corinthians at the Pacaembu stadium. That’s one hell of a taboo. Within minutes to be broken yesterday. But he magic – black magic in this case – allowed the taboo to prevail as our opponent, just like Cruzeiro earlier this week, found the equaliser on stoppage time.
The only difference between conceding a goal at 9 or 90 minutes is the “we were so close” bucket of cold water. It hurts more. But that’s just feelings. Looking at our last two games, the draws were not unfair results (if there is anything to be called fairness in football). That says it all. Unfortunately, this particular taboo will last for eternity because – as mentioned in the previous post – Palmeiras and Corinthians will not play another derby at the Pacaembu. Deep breath, refocus, turn the page.
With seven rounds to go, Palmeiras sum 36 points at 14th place, three points above the relegation zone. With more victories than the current last four (Criciúma, Bahia, Coritiba, Botafogo), Palmeiras’ advantage increases to two rounds. Next opponent are Bahia, away. Needless to say, a victory is fundamentally important. With the game happening only on Sunday night, Palmeiras have enough time to prepare.
After Bahia, the sequence is Atlético Mineiro, São Paulo, Sport, Coritiba, Internacional and Atlético Paranaense. Mixed bag.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!