Luxemburgo opted for the same line-up of the game against Bolívar and the first minutes saw the same result: an early goal of Palmeiras. Raphael Veiga seized the rebound of Wesley’s shot to open the scorecard, but this time the lead didn’t last long. In the 16th minute, Ceará found the equalizer through a corner kick that was the result of an offside position.
Unlike previous games, where either Palmeiras and the opponents would go for many minutes without creating opportunities, the game against Ceará saw many chances for both sides. Palmeiras tried a lot of long range shots, mainly with Patrick de Paula, and Ceará threatened Weverton’s goal with dangerous counter-attacks.
Tonight, luck was on our side. Scarpa fired from outside the box and Fernando Prass would easily grab the ball, but the shot was blocked by a defender and remained to Willian, who controlled it with his chest and fired a beautiful shot to put Palmeiras again on the lead. The final minutes went trough with the feeling that a equaliser would happen, but in the end, the victory remained safe and Palmeiras went to 22 points, tied with Internacional and increasing the unbeaten sequence to 20 games for all competitions.
Weverton; Marcos Rocha, Felipe Melo, Gustavo Gómez and Viña; Patrick de Paula (Danilo), Bruno Henrique (Ramires) and Raphael Veiga; Rony (Scarpa), Wesley (Luan) and Willian (Gabriel Silva).
Danilo received a yellow card.
The creativity problems didn’t happen for the second consecutive game. Wesley and Raphael Veiga maintained the good form of last games and were the main responsibles for creating opportunities. Patrick de Paula, despite the lack of attention that led to Ceará’s goal, also caused a lot of trouble to Prass with his long-range shots.
The victory was very important, but when Palmeiras was on the lead, we saw the same mistakes of previous games, with the team retreating too much and not seizing counter-attack opportunities to increase the lead and secure the victory.
It was hard to see Fernando Prass at the Allianz Parque with the colors of another team.
After three games at the Allianz Parque, two for the Brazilian League and one for the Libertadores Cup, Palmeiras travels to Rio de Janeiro to face Botafogo, on Wednesday 7th, for the Brazilian League. The carioca team, club of the international players Kalou and Honda, has just changed their coach after having won just one of their first twelve games, precisely the one against current leaders Atlético Mineiro.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi
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