We made it. We remain in the first division. By the thinnest skin of our teeth.
As predicted, not primarily based on own merits, but to a large part due to the incompetence of others. Palmeiras drew 1-1 with Atlético Paranaense, Henrique scoring the Verdão’s first goal at Allanz Parque by conversion of a penalty.
The draw did remove Bahia’s chances of relegating Palmeiras, but Vitória needed but one goal at home against Santos to grab that last spot. Instead, in the dying minutes, Santos opened up the scorecard and 16 million palmeirenses could let out a sigh of relief. Both teams from Bahia – Vitória and Bahia – relegated. Palmeiras safe, by the lowest accumulation of points in the history of the Brazilian Championship: 40.
Early next week, we look at the future. Good night.