Corinthians 1-1 Palmeiras – bittersweet draw

Rocha vs cor
credits: Cesar Greco / Ag. Palmeiras

The scenario mimicked previous games in which Palmeiras suffered defeat to Corinthians: Big Green would be the better side initially, but early on allow the opponent to open the scorecard through a set-piece – the opponent then parking the buss and eventually bag the three points.

Fortunately, Palmeiras changed things up, coming on for the second half in better shape and truly dominating Corinthians. Had it not been for Cássio’s inspired performance between the posts, certainly our rivals would have tasted defeat.

Line-up
Weverton; Marcos Rocha, Luan, Gustavo Gómez and Diogo Barbosa; Felipe Melo (Thiago Santos), Bruno Henrique and Raphael Veiga (Scarpa); Dudu, Willian (Zé Rafael) and Deyverson

Gustavo Gómez, Diogo Barbosa and Felipe Melo received yellow cards.

Green light
It is always difficult to score a goal against Corinthians when they take the lead, as their coach is not embarrassed to put all his players behind the ball. Besides Felipe Melo’s equaliser, Palmeiras had several great opportunities to turn the score around, all denied by Man of the Match Cássio. Yesterday, our men showed attitude and temperament. Dare we believe the curve is pointing upward again?

Yellow light
Palmeiras are on a four-game streak without victory in the Brazilian Championship. Santos, the current leader, have won their last seven matches and are now four points ahead of Palmeiras. Not letting the gap increase is imperative: Santos will oscillate – like all teams – and Palmeiras must remain close in order to take advantage of the opportunity when it occurs.    

Red light
The team again allowed an early opener for the opponent. Worse, on a set piece. After the Copa América break, Palmeiras have not taken the lead in any of the four matches played for the Brazilian Championship.

Felipão
On the day before the game, a smaller number of ultras gathered outside the Club’s training facilities and protested against Palmeiras’ directors, players and, in particular, the coach. There were banners and chants expressing death threats. The criminal and absurd behaviour was met with a lame, formal statement from Palmeiras.

In the post-match interview, Felipão said that assisting coach Paulo Turra will do the interviews when the team wins, and that he, Scolari, will do them in the case of a draw or loss. May we never again see Felipão doing an interview…

Next challenge
Felipão will now enjoy a full week of rest and training to prepare the squad for the clash against Bahia, on Sunday 11th, at the Allianz Parque. Bahia’s coach is none other than former Palmeiras coach Roger Machado – today smiling ear to ear as Bahia yesterday efficiently trashed Flamengo 3-0.

After Bahia, an unlikely series of three games in a row against Grêmio: twice away – Brasileirão and first leg of the Libertadores Cup quarterfinals – then the home game to define who advance to the semifinals against either Internacional or Flamengo. Nothing but hard nuts ahead.

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi & Kristian Bengtson

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