After eliminating Ituano earlier in the week, Palmeiras yesterday defeated Red Bull Bragantino 2-1 to progress to the Paulistão final for the third consecutive year, two of those under the command of Abel Ferreira. It’s the first time since the era of the Second Academy in the early 70s that Palmeiras finish the Paulistão in the top 2 positions for three consecutive seasons. Just as last year, SPFC are the opponents in the decision that will be played in two legs.
The game against Red Bull Bragantino was one more in the Paulistão where Palmeiras scored the opener very early, had a few opportunities to increase the lead and failed to seize them. The difference this time was that Red Bull scored the equalizer and forced Palmeiras to regain the lead.
Through a variety of ways, Palmeiras kept pushing and the second goal came already in the first half with Rony. Red Bull Bragantino increased the pressure in the second half, trying to equalize once again, but Palmeiras resisted well and enjoyed the best opportunities to score.
Since Abel Ferreira arrived in Brazil in November 2020, Palmeiras have reached nine finals: an increadible average of one final every two months.
Soon after the game against RBB, Palmeiras announced that Abel Ferreira had extended his contract with the club for an additional two years, until the end of 2024. The decision of Abel’s family to come live in Brazil was crucial for the positive outcome. Excellent news for everyone involved and especially for Palmeiras supporters, who have reached a point of not being able to imagine The Big Green without the Portuguese at the helms.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi