The list of unavailable players is long: Luan (injury), Rony (muscle fatigue) and Lucas Lima (extraordinary stupidity) were the new additions ahead of today’s game. Abel pulled back Felipe Melo to centre-back alongside Renan, with Victor Luís to the left and Marcos Rocha on the right. Deyverson remained among the starters for the second consecutive game.
Palmeiras’ first half was well below expectations. América Mineiro were head to head and scored the opener in the 38th minute, after another clearence mistake by Victor Luis. Palmeiras equalized one minute later, with Willian assisted by Scarpa. Our defensive line remained sleepy and Renan committed an unnecessary penalty in the 49th minute, but Jaílson made the save and we went into halftime with the draw.
Palmeiras returned better for the second half, as illustrated by Abel’ words “The first half was so bad, it could only get better for the second one”. Palmeiras took control of the game, but very slowly, and there were no real indication that turnaround would come, although the game had become more open. However, in the 96th minute, Raphael Veiga initiated a counter attack and passed the ball to Luiz Adriano, who delivered it to Willian for the brace. The three points momentarily propeled Palmeiras into third place in the tables.
Jailson; Gabriel Menino (Mayke), Marcos Rocha, Felipe Melo, Renan and Victor Luís (Luiz Adriano); Patrick de Paula, Scarpa and Raphael Veiga; Willian and Deyverson.
Patrick de Paula, Renan and Jailson received yellow cards.
Scarpa continues to be the most important player offensively, but Willian was the key player of the morning. The almost immediate equalizer in the first half put Palmeiras back in the game and the late winner was of a tremendous importance to avoid wasting precious points at home.
Palmeiras didn’t play well. The first half was terrible and hadn’t it been for Jaílson, América Mineiro would have gone to the interval ahead on the scorecard. In defense, many individual flaws, and in attack, a desert of ideas.
Patrick de Paula had to leave the field to remove an earring, a simple task that took him endless seven minutes to accomplish. The fact that nobody from the staff noted the problem before the game is as unacceptable as the player entering the pitch wearing the accessory in the first place. América Mineiro almost scored during the time Palmeiras was one man short.
There is no time to breath. On Wednesday 23rd, Palmeiras visits Red Bull Bragantino for the sixth round. The opponent comes from a historic win at the Maracanã against Flamengo with a goal in the 97th minute and are one of the sensations of the tournament. It’s a tough nut to crack, but Palmeiras have already defeated them in the São Paulo state Championship this season.
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.