Palmeiras’ only remaining Brasileirão game carrying any level of interest was played yesterday. Referee Vuaden and the VAR did their “best” and things were going their way, Mayke’s handball giving SPFC the penalty they needed to put them ahead in the 74th minute. Rony frustrated the matrix on stoppage time, his shot deflecting off a defender to put final numbers to the game.
Weverton; Mayke, Luan, Gustavo Gómez and Viña; Felipe Melo, Patrick de Paula (Scarpa) and Raphael Veiga (Lucas Lima); Rony, Willian (Breno Lopes) and Luiz Adriano.
Gustavo Gómez and Abel Ferreira received yellow cards.
Palmeiras put a premature end to São Paulo’s chances of bagging the Brazilian League trophy with the late goal. Our historical and eternal enemy will remain one more year without an important title (their last came in a distant 2008, what a shame).
Rony and Willian are always remarcably dedicated, but none are in good form. Willian has being missing clear opportunities for weeks now, and Rony, despite the goal, seem to always make the wrong decision, even when finding himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Wesley and Veron are returning from injury and may be better options in the finals against Grêmio starting next week.
Again the refereeing… In the first half, Luiz Adriano was clearly grabbed inside the box, while simultaneously suffering a foul to the legs. Vuaden turned a blind eye, and the VAR did not request him to revise the decision. All this while football commentators stated the penalty did happen, and that a revision was the least to be expected. Curiously enough, considering all games Palmeiras have played since 2014, points won correspond to 60.6%. With Vuaden as referee (18 games in that same period), points won correspond to 37%.
The last two Brasilian League games will be played ahead of the first leg of the Brazil Cup finals. First up are Atlético Goianiense on Monday 22th. Abel won’t be on the sidelines, as he’s suspended due to the yellow card received yesterday. Expect none of the regular starters on the pitch. The Brasileirão has nothing more to offer.
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.