The football on display by Vasco and Palmeiras offered little entertainment to supporters in the first half, but things picked up in the second and Abel Ferreira was able to keep the good momentum, achieving a third consecutive victory in the Brazilian League. Luiz Adriano scored the sole goal, seizing the rebound of a penalty he had just missed.
Weverton; Gabriel Menino (Marcos Rocha), Luan, Gustavo Gómez and Viña; Felipe Melo, Zé Rafael and Raphael Veiga (Lucas Lima); Veron (Scarpa), Rony (Willian) and Luiz Adriano (Danilo).
Gustavo Gómez, Viña and Lucas Lima received yellow cards.
It was the third consecutive game in the Brazilian League with a clean sheet for Palmeiras. Certainly, the lack of creativity of Vasco helped, but the performance of Weverton and the defenders were very solid. The fighting spirit of all players toward the end of the game, making up for the one-man shortage on the pitch, was a welcoming sight.
Vasco abdicated almost entirely of their attack, often lining eleven players behind the ball and offering up little space. Palmeiras encountered the same difficulties often seen under Luxemburgo, creating few opportunities. The only real scoring opportunity was Rony’s, and we know how that story almost always ends…
Wesley earlier in the week, Felipe Melo today. Another injury that is likely to remove the player for the rest of the season. Felipe Melo twisted his ankle very badly – might even have broken it – and left the field unable to put his foot on the ground.
Attention now turns to the quarterfinals of the Brazil Cup, where Palmeiras on Wednesday 11th face Ceará at the Allianz Parque. We were spared a clash against any of the top teams in the Brasileirão, but Ceará eliminated Santos in the round-of-16 and must not be underestimated. Especially as Palmeiras will come without six regulars either serving their national teams (Weverton, Gómez, Viña, Menino) or injured (Wesley, Melo). The list grows to seven, if Luiz Adriano’s muscle discomfort lingers. In any case, Fernando Prass returns for another “last dance” at the Allianz Parque: may his winning record at the stadium remain exclusive of his time playing for Palmeiras.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi & Kristian Bengtson
*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.