Athletico 0-1 Palmeiras – three points at last

Another terrible display of football by Palmeiras. At least this time we managed to return home with the three points. Luxemburgo experimented with novelties in the starting-eleven, but the outcome was the same as in previous game: close to zero.

The goal came on stoppage time of the second half. A long throw to the box caused some confusion with the defenders and the ball offered itself to Raphael Veiga to slot it home. The shot was actually heading for the hands of the goalkeeper, but deflected off a defender and died in the back of the net. Just? Not really. But that’s football, at least sometimes.

Line-up
Weverton; Marcos Rocha, Luan, Gustavo Gómez and Diogo Barbosa; Bruno Henrique (Ramires), Patrick de Paula and Gabriel Menino (Zé Rafael); Lucas Lima (Scarpa), Rony (Raphael Veiga) and Luiz Adriano (Willian).

Our players didn’t receive any yellow cards.

Green light
Kudos to whichever God that comes forward claiming responsible for this victory. When no one expected anything, randomly, there it was, when the draw seemed more than consolidated.

Yellow light
The players and the tactical formation were changed. However, the outcome was the same we’ve already seen: a solid defense, but a powerless attack. Against Athletico, there were only three shots on goal. Luxemburgo needs to find alternatives to increase the offensive production of the team.

Red light
We understand that the pause due to the pandemic was like nothing we’ve ever gone through. However, the level of football played is unnerving. Luckily, with the exception of Atlético Mineiro, other title contenders have started the tournament with some stumbles too.

Next challenge
Palmeiras’ next challenge is a regional classic against Santos on Sunday 23rd. The Allianz Parque won’t be available due to hosting a drive-in cinema event and inexplicably, Palmeiras chose to take the game to the Morumbi Stadium. With so many alternatives close to the city of São Paulo, pay rent to a rival seems like a bad choice. Go figure.

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi

*Here at Anything Palmeiras, we love football. We love Palmeiras. We are always keen to see Palmeiras play, and keen to write about it for you. But we’re against the return of football in a country that still hasn’t controlled the coronavirus pandemic. We express our deepest sympathy to the families whose loved ones have been taken by the disease.  

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