The sequence of five games between the semifinal and the final of the Libertadores has finally ended. Contrary to what was officially being said to the press, Palmeiras relegated the Brazilian League to a second level of importance, mainly after suffering defeat against Flamengo. Even Weverton was spared for the last couple of games in order to have the squad in the best possible shape for 30 January.
Despite playing with an alternative team, Palmeiras could have bagged the three points, had the accuracy of Felipe Melo and Breno Lopes been better. Both blew two terrific opportunities, while the latter at least scored his first goal for Palmeiras in the 31st minute, opening the scorecard. A few minutes later Benítez took a near-perfect free-kick, leaving Jailson hanging in the air as the ball died in the back of the net to equalize the score.
Jailson; Mayke, Kuscevic, Alan Empereur, Renan and Lucas Esteves; Felipe Melo (Patrick de Paula), Lucas Lima (Vanderlan) and Scarpa; Breno Lopes (Gabriel Verón) and Gabriel Silva (Fabrício).
Kuscevic received a yellow card.
THE FINAL OF THE LIBERTADORES CUP IS ON SATURDAY!!!
Not taking advantage of the many and clear scoring opportunities has been a worrying feature in the last three games – against Grêmio, Ceará and Vasco. The efficiency must be improved to raise the chances of winning both finals that are in dispute. In the post-game press conferences, coach Abel has expressed that he sees the problem and is addressing it.
Lucas Lima’s attitude on the pitch is deplorable. No energy, no grit, no visible desire to recover the football he put out while at Santos. End of February, let’s hope a Chinese or Arabic team with lots of money is wiling to take him away.
It’s time! On Saturday 30th, Palmeiras’ superb campaign in the Libertadores Cup will be put to the final test against Santos. Both teams sport coaches that arrived with a mission to do just enough to allow club directors to plan for the next season; destiny put them against each other as protagonists, in the battle for supremacy of the Americas and Eternal Glory.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi & Kristian Bengtson
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