Atlético Goianiense 0-3 Palmeiras – back on track, sort of

Coming from four terrible exhibitions for the Brazilian League, one would expect Palmeiras would have a hard time trying to meet victory again. However, Atlético Goianiense were not in their best shape and offered the first two goals to Wesley and Luiz Adriano without much effort. In the 64th minute, Luiz Adriano found the back of the net again to put final numbers to the game.

Weverton; Gabriel Menino, Luan, Felipe Melo and Viña; Patrick de Paula (Ramires), Zé Rafael and Raphael Veiga (Lucas Lima); Wesley (Scarpa), Rony (Gabriel Silva) and Luiz Adraino (Willian).

Luan, Raphael Veiga, Zé Rafael and Scarpa received yellow cards.

Green Light
A victory in the Libertadores and a victory in the Brazilian League scoring eight goals and securing two clean sheets. The week was positive for Palmeiras and we hope the good momentum remains for the first match of the Brazil Cup this upcoming Thursday, the shortest (and most lucrative) path to win another title this season.

Yellow Light
The goal difference on the scorecard do hide some problems presented by Palmeiras: the first two goals only happened because of terrible mistakes from Atlético Goianiense’s defenders and Palmeiras only managed to create opportunities with the opponent desperate to score, offering lots of spaces to counter-attacks.

Red Light
Rony continues to make inexplicable decisions, almost always putting a premature end to Palmeiras’ attacking plays. In addition, throughout the season, none of the players that have been tried as playmaker has delivered.

Next Challenge
Playing in the Brazilian League only on weekends for the next few weeks, Palmeiras on Thursday the 29th play the first leg of the round-of-16 of the Brazil Cup, against Red Bull Bragantino. In addition to being a highly sought-after national title, the Brazil Cup guarantees the winner a spot in next season’s Libertadores Cup, in addition to a bucket load of prize money.

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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