Luxemburgo is finally finding a path forward for Palmeiras in the Brazilian League. Last weekend, his substitutions paved the way to the comeback against Bragantino. Tonight, against Corinthians, the team was once again the better side.
Despite a shot in the woodwork by Otero in the early minutes, Corinthians barely threatened Weverton’s goal. Palmeiras barred every attack from the opponent, while attacking with much more intensity, creating good opportunities in the first half, one of them resulting in the red card for Fagner and a penalty that Luiz Adriano converted to open the scorecard.
In the second half, Palmeiras bid their time, awaiting the right opportunity, which would certainly materialize, the opponent one man down and behind in the score. In the 65th minute, Lucas Lima recovered the ball on the midfield and advanced in a rapid counter-attack; with a precise pass, the ball reached Willian, who missed the target with his shot, instead leaving Veron with the goal wide open, just needing to push the ball into the back of the net. End of story, basically.
Weverton; Mayke (Bruno Henrique), Luan, Gustavo Gómez and Viña; Patrick de Paula, Gabriel Menino and Zé Rafael (Ramires); Lucas Lima (Rony), Wesley (Veron) and Luiz Adriano (Willian).
Mayke and Zé Rafael received yellow cards.
Gabriel Veron seems born to shine. Against Bragantino, the wonderkid came on late in the second half to score the equalizer, then served Willian up to score the winner. As if not enough, in his first Derby against Corinthians, he again slots home, guaranteeing the victory against our biggest rivals, which hasn’t happened since 2018.
In the second half, Luiz Adriano was pulling back to help in defense, when he felt a muscular discomfort. Our centre forward has participated in our last 15 games, being very important to the team. At the time of writing, there is no information on the severity of the injury.
A 2-0 victory in a Derby leaves no space for cornetas.
After eight games, Palmeiras remain undefeated in the Brazilian League. After two away games, Palmeiras on Sunday receive Sport Recife at the Allianz Parque. Luxemburgo’s mission is to maintain the good momentum: since the return of football, each time supporters grow expectations in regard to Palmeiras’ performance, the teams has let them down, forcefully.
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.