Abel Ferreira opted for a line-up filled with regular starters, only Rony spared for the midweek game, but Palmeiras put out a poor performance and suffered defeat. The chances of a Brazilian League title were severely reduced.
The team struggled to create opportunities and Internacional were highly effective in the few ones Palmeiras offered them. An early goal in the 10th minute, after Marcos Rocha conceded an unnecessary corner, and a guidebook counter-attack in the 83rd minute, brought the result for Internacional, in the game that marked the retirement of their longtime Argentinian idol, Andrés D’Alessandro.
Weverton; Marcos Rocha (Mayke), Luan, Gustavo Gómez, Viña (Veron); Danilo (Zé Rafael), Gabriel Menino, Lucas Lima (Gabriel Silva), Raphael Veiga (Breno Lopes) and Scarpa; Willian.
Willian and Gabriel Menino received yellow cards.
The only positive thing to mention about yesterday’s game is that the team wasn’t apathetic like in previous defeats against Botafogo and Fortaleza.
The referee contributed heavily to the poor quality of the game, stopping the game after every minor touch between players and losing control of the match already in the first minutes.
Palmeiras struggled to create opportunities to score, going through the ninety minutes without hitting Marcelo Lomba’s target a single time. Lucas Lima and Raphael Veiga were almost invisible and in the few opportunities that came up, the shots went wide.
There is no time to mourn the missed opportunity to maintain the distance to the leaders in the Brazilian League. On Wednesday 23rd, the first leg of the semifinals for the Brazil Cup take place at the Allianz Parque against América Mineiro. The opponent, the sole representative among the last four that isn’t of the top division, has a solid defense and has already eliminated Corinthians and Internacional in previous rounds.
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.