Palmeiras and palmeirenses went through the last few rounds with mixed feelings, without much focus on results, since the main goal for the remainder of the season is the finals of the Brazil Cup. Finally, the last round of the Brazilian League has been completed and with an alternative team, Palmeiras were defeated by Atlético Mineiro, finishing 7th, with 58 points.
Vinicius; Kuscevic, Renan and Vanderlan; Breno Lopes, Zé Rafael (Danilo), Lucas Lima, Scarpa and Lucas Esteves; Gabriel Silva (Marcelinho) and Wesley (Gabriel Veron).
Vinicius got another chance to prove he’s a good alternative for the reserve of Weverton. Between the posts, he was tremendous, performing great saves, but Atlético’s opener happened after his mistake when kicking the ball forward. Probably, we’ll see him a lot more in the São Paulo state Championship.
Palmeiras are not performing well offensively. Against Atlético, with the team full of reserves, some good opportunities were created, but our players failed to convert. We hope this problem is already fixed in the main team for the finals against Grêmio.
Already in the 4th minute, opponent keeper Weverson knocked down Lucas Lima: Weverson was the only thing between Lima and an open goal. Heber Roberto Lopes, well known for his dubious decisions, only showed a yellow card to the goalkeeper, avoiding a numeric advantage to Palmeiras that could have transformed the game.
The wait is over. After returning from Qatar, Palmeiras have played a few uninteresting games waiting for the finals of the Brazil Cup. The first leg is played this Sunday in Porto Alegre, 9 pm local time. The return, at the Allianz Parque, on Sunday March 7th. In-between the finals, will you believe, Palmeiras play a freaking derby against Corinthians, the debute in the 2021 São Paulo state championship.
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.