It was s matter of time, of course. Palmeiras had never lost to São Paulo at the Allianz Parque, until yesterday. The sequence composed of 8 victories and one draw is now part of history.
São Paulo were better than Palmeiras for most of the game, mainly – once again – due to our poor performance. A very questionable penalty in the 53rd minute and Reinaldo didn’t waste the opportunity to open the scorecard. Palmeiras effectively playing with one man down for the last twenty minutes due to Luan’s injury, Palmeiras offered little threat to Tiago Volpi and saw São Paulo increase the lead in the dying minutes.
Jailson; Marcos Rocha, Felipe Melo, Luan and Lucas Esteves (Danilo); Patrick de Paula, Zé Rafael (Ramires) and Raphael Veiga (Scarpa); Lucas Lima, Wesley (Veron) and Willian (Luiz Adrian).
Lucas Esteves and Patrick de Paula received yellow cards.
Wesley and Veron tried their best, but weren’t able to solve by themselves all of the offensive problems Palmeiras put on display yesterday. At least, there are expectations they can do much more in the future if offered better companion.
The time for middle-of-the-road seems over.
Luxemburgo’s days are numbered. He has no credit left with supporters, probably not with the club’s directors either, and seems to gave lost his grip of the squad. He managed to build an incredible unbeaten sequence, despite Palmeiras playing poor football, but now, the house of cards has crumbled. Following the script in Brazil – and Palmeiras is no different – the guillotine will fall in a matter of days, or hours. Luxemburgo has arrived to the conclusion of his fifth and last passage at Palmeiras.
Palmeiras have another game at home to return to a victorious path: upcoming Wednesday, Palmeiras face one of the worst teams in the tournament, Coritiba. Who will be on the sideline, commanding the team?
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi & Kristian Bengtson
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