Abel opted for repeating the formation with three defenders in the second game of the season and Palmeiras absolutely trashed Independiente Del Valle, imposing the biggest defeat they’ve ever suffered in a Libertadores Cup game.
Although allowing the opponent to exercise ball possession for the most part of the game, Palmeiras were very effective in their transitions and created opportunities a plenty already as of kickoff. Rony scored the opener in the 11th minute and the second goal by Luiz Adriano nine minutes later cleared the path to victory.
The first minutes of the second half had some supporters suspect Palmeiras could once again transform easy into hard, but Patrick de Paula fired twice in the 65th minute to score Palmeiras’ third goal of the match and the 12.000th in the club’s history. After this, Independiente Del Valle basically gave up and Palmeiras stacked scoring opportunities, converting two of these with Rony in the 74th minute and Danilo Barbosa in the 81st, putting final numbers to the game with his first goal for the Big Green.
Weverton; Luan, Gustavo Gómez, Renan; Marcos Rocha, Danilo (Felipe Melo), Patrick de Paula (Danilo Barbosa), Raphael Veiga (Zé Rafael) and Victor Luís; Rony (Wesley) and Luiz Adriano (Willian).
Patrick de Paula received a yellow card.
The whole team put out a superb exhibition, but Rony once more was the highlight of the game. In his 13 Libertadores Cup appearances for Palmeiras, the forward now computes direct participation in 16 goals (7 goals + 9 assists). He simply loves the competition.
Early in the second half, Independiente Del Valle were given too much space in front of the box and had it not been for Weverton performing a coupe of difficult saves, any of the medium-range shots could have died in the back of the net, making things more tense.
Four out of Palmeiras’ last six Libertadores appearances at the Allianz Parque have resulted in a 5-0 score; embrace yourselves for the cornetas to come should the team dare to decrease the margin at the next opportunity.
Palmeiras play the third round of the 2021 Copa Libertadores group stage next Tuesday, against Defensa y Justicia in Argentina. Before that, there are two appointments in the São Paulo state Championship: Inter de Limeira (tomorrow Thursday) and Santo André (Sunday). For these two games, Abel is most likely to once more promote a lineup composed of substitutes. Palmeiras might not advance to the knockout phase of the Paulistão, which actually wouldn’t be a bad things, considering the scarcity of time for practice and rest. A few supporters might object to this, in addition to a number of sports journalists, already salivating at the potential “humiliation” an elimination would inflict upon Palmeiras. Nice try.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi & Kristian Bengtson
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