Capivariano came determined to destroy Palmeiras’ offensive game plan through plenty of disposition, tight marking and roughness. Progressively running out of gas in the second half, the visitors proved unable to prevent the Verdão from stepping up the pressure. Zé Roberto again played an important role being repositioned from the left flank into a central position in the second half, but in the end, it was a night to remember for Robinho, who bagged twice: the free kick opening up the scorecard was a thing of beauty and Palmeiras’ first in close to two years; the second was a perfectly executed shot after a precise pass from Dudu on the left flank, crossing the whole box. Enjoy the highlights below.
An impressive 32.000 spectators turned up on a rainy Saturday evening, paying rather hefty ticket prices, to watch Palmeiras play a low profile game in the local championship. There’s no telling how long this euphoria will last – certainly the Allianz Parque being part of the novelty feature – but revenues are huge, many times larger than that revenues pulled in by any of our rivals. Right now and finacially speaking, Palmeiras are in a league of their own.
Upcoming Wednesday, the debut in this year’s edition of the Brazil Cup away against Vitória da Conquista, state of Bahia. Nothing is taken for granted and already yesterday coach Oswaldo promoted a light training session. An away win by two goals or more eliminates the need for the second leg, directly qualifying Palmeiras for the second round of the competition.
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