Atlético-MG easily beats Sport and keeps the lead – Prime Time Zone

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Isolated leader, now with 45 points, Galo maintains a seven-point advantage over vice-leader Palmeiras, who won in the round

VIVIANE MOREIRA/FUTURA PRESS/ESTADÃO CONTENTHulk scored in Atlético-MG’s victory over Sport

In departure 200 of head fur Atlético-MG, the team played well and found no difficulty in defeating the Sport at Mineirão for the score of 3-0, this Saturday night, for the 21st round of the Brazilian championship. With that, there are already 13 unbeaten games in the competition that he leads by far. Isolated leader, now with 45 points, Atlético maintains a seven-point advantage over the runner-up palm trees, that won in the round. There are 11 points of advantage for the Flamengo, which faces the Guild this Sunday and still have two games in hand. Sport continues to postpone its recovery and is increasingly stagnant in the relegation zone. The team is in 19th place, with 17 points, a difference of five for the São Paulo (two games less), first team out of Z4.

Sport’s phase of the season is complicated, this was the seventh game in a row without a win and without scoring goals, which explained the change in the lineup for the confrontation, with the return of Paulinho Moccelin in place of André. The club from Pernambuco took a fright at the first chance of the match, saving the ball on the line, but even sketched a reaction. The best chance for the visitors in the initial stage was with Hernanes, who returned from suspension, taking a free kick. Sport backed off and Atlético-MG imposed itself, managing to fit the marking in the attack field. With control of the match, the home team scored the first goal in the 34th minute. Full-back Guilherme Arana made a good play on the left and crossed for Diego Costa to head in Novo Mineirão’s 200th goal. Atlético followed on top and again Guilherme Arana provided assistance for the second goal. The full-back stole the ball in attack and played for Hulk to make it 2-0 in the 45th minute. The forward is now one of the top scorers at Brasileirão, with eight goals, and reaches 21 for Atlético.

After the return of the locker rooms, the big chances were slow to reappear. Still in the first half of the second half, Cuca replaced Hulk and Diego Costa, thinking of the first game against Palmeiras for the Libertadores semifinal, on Tuesday. Guilherme Arana scared the Minas fans and left the field in pain minutes later. With the changes, Atlético-MG gained a boost and the new offensive trio, formed by Vargas, Sasha and Nacho, forced Maílson to work a few times. Sport even scored two goals, with Thiago Neves and André, who entered during the game, but both were annulled by the impediment of striker André in the bids. There was still time for Atlético-MG to score third in a penalty kick, in additions. The team went on a counterattack in the last move of the game. With the opposing defense messed up, Vargas kicked and the ball caught in the arm of Rafael Thyere, who received a yellow card and will be suspended in the next game. In the charge, at 53 minutes, Vargas himself, with mastery, hit the angle with force, closing the score.

*With information from Estadão Content