Palmeiras caused more trouble than usual in the last two matches for the Brazilian, especially in the defensive line. Still, these two battles strengthened the champion leader even more, with a major restoration. This Monday, the victim was in São Paulo.
A 2-1 win over Morumbi came with goals in the second half – the opponent leading the scoring in the 17th minute.
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Palmeiras players celebrate transition against São Paulo – Photo: Marcos Ribolli
Without Marcos Rocha, Abel Ferreira’s commission once again preferred to play with Gustavo Gómez on the right side while Verdão defended himself, with Luan and Murilo on the defensive line. This format already had problems against Atlético-GO, but the team found itself offensive and scored four goals at the end of that first period.
In the classic, the problem was repeated. Gómez and Dudu, the winger on the side when Verdão attacked, could not find a place without the ball. And this was São Paulo’s way of worrying so much in the first half.
As it was last Thursday, Palmeiras left behind and was regrouping for the game. But the chosen position kept Dudu away from attack, taking on one of the team’s main offensive forces. However, Verdão found opportunities to draw in the first stage. The main one, by Gabriel Menino, was defended by Jandrei.
Faced with the absence of Abel, who was tested and diagnosed with Covid, João Martins was the coach that night and preferred to return from the break without change. The right-back adjustment came with the same players who started the game, holding Gabriel Menino for a long period of self-defense and finally giving Dudu freedom.
Throughout the second stage, São Paulo was backing up, leaving Calleri alone to fight Palmeiras’ defenders. And Verdão, patiently, did not simply choose to raise the ball in the opponent’s zone at random. He kept trying to exchange passes, playing opposite, until he got a chance.
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With Mayke’s replacement instead of Luan, at 17 o’clock in the second half, Palmeiras started playing as usual and started hitting their opponent. Breno Lopes came 10 minutes later and in the first round hit the post. Despite the emphasis, there are no goals.
And then came another turn to satisfy São Paulo even more: Wesley replaced Piquerez, and the game was based on the tricolor area. Faced with pressure, the draw came from Gustavo Gómez, with a header, after another pass from Gustavo Scarpa.
The results were already very good for Palmeiras, which continued in Brasileirão’s unique leadership. But at the age of 50, after a series of corners, Murilo turned to the explosion of players alviverdes in Morumbi.
Just thinking of Brazil, the results are very important, because at the moment everyone is drying the leader. This Monday’s post was a chance to kick off the competition.
Palmeiras players’ banquet after Murilo goal – Photo: César Greco
But as happened many times in the 2016 and 2018 crown campaigns, Palmeiras got results that shone on their opponents.
Especially São Paulo, who are now 10 points behind and finished the game with a bitter taste, even more so if already this Thursday another clash with Verdão in Morumbi, now for the 16th round of the Copa do Brasil.
The manner in which the victory of Palmeiras took place would have an impact on the state of mind for the knockout stage. Verdão, which was already in a good phase, is getting stronger. In addition to the football they have been playing in 2022, this team has a winning streak that few have.
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