After six straight wins in the São Paulo state championship, Roger Machado yesterday experienced his first draw as Palmeiras’ head coach. With the result, Palmeiras remain first in group C and are almost assured a spot in the quarter-finals, ten points ahead of third place.
Roger’s selection showed one change from the win against Mirassol last Saturday: out went Willian and in came Guerra making his first appearance in the starting eleven this year.
The game started with Palmeiras pressing the opponent and getting the first goal with just three minutes played. Guerra and Borja resembled their good times playing for Atletico Nacional, and with a top-class pass, the midfielder left the Colombian forward face-to-face with Linense’s goalkeeper. Borja didn’t miss the first chance of the game and with a powerful shot scored his fourth goal in the championship, opening up the score for Palmeiras.
After the goal, supporters at the Allianz Parque felt that this would be an easy game. However, Palmeiras slowed down the rhythm, seeming to be satisfied with the result. The punishment for this position came at the end of the first half. After a crossed ball from the right, Linense equalised with Adalberto beating all Palmeiras’ players to head past Jailson. After Linense’s goal, Palmeiras had one more chance to be back in the lead, but Borja was offside when he scored in the last minute of injury time.
Back to the second half, the teams hadn’t made any substitutions and the same scene was repeated. During the first minutes, Palmeiras pressed up high in the field and Marcos Rocha passed the ball behind the defenders to Borja. The Colombian tricked his way past the goalkeeper and just rolled the ball to score his second goal in the game.
As in the first half, Palmeiras slowed down and Linense equalised again. In the 30th minute, Murilo Henrique fired against Jailson. The shot was easy to save, but deflected on Thiago Martins and Jailson couldn’t get to the ball. The score was now 2-2.
Palmeiras had 15 minutes to find their third goal and keep the winning sequence, but even with Scarpa, Willian and Keno coming on, the victory wasn’t possible. The 25.712 supporters had to be satisfied with a draw that still makes Palmeiras the only undefeated club in the championship.
After the game, coach Machado stressed the need for better defensive transitions to be able to get the ball faster from the opponent. He also praised Borja for his two goals and Guerra for his participation on the first goal.
Palmeiras’ next game is against Ponte Preta in Campinas. The game takes place at 7:30pm at the Moisés Lucarelli Stadium. This is the last game before the derby against Corinthians on the 25th.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi