Bahia wins Ceará on penalties and wins the Northeast Cup’s fourth championship – Prime Time Zone

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With that, the tricolor club reached its fourth title, the same number as its arch-rival Vitória; Ceará has two, while Sport is among them, with three

Reproduction / Twitter / @ ECBahiaBahia beat Ceará on penalties in the final of the Copa do Nordeste

O Bahia is four-time champion of Northeast Cup. In rematch, after defeat in the final of last year for the same Ceara, the tricolor club won in the normal time by 2 to 1 and took the best in the penalties disputes by 4 to 3, with the right to a defense by goalkeeper Matheus Teixeira and a shot out of Marlon, in Castelão. Richard also took one, but it was not enough to take the alvinegro team to the title. Last year, Ceará had won the title in Salvador. This time, Bahia took revenge and celebrated the feat in Fortaleza. With that, the tricolor club reached its fourth title, the same number of its archrival Victory. Ceará has two. Among them is the Sport, with three.

Ceará and Bahia played a frank game. Despite winning 1-0, in Salvador, the alvinegro team did not want to defend themselves and went after the rival, but also gave up the counterattack. The first half was completely open, with good goal opportunities and credited the good moment of goalkeeper Richard, the main highlight of the initial stage. The 30-year-old, 6-foot-1 goalkeeper did two miracles at Thaciano’s point-blank range,Guild. In the remainder, he made yet another great defense by holding the end of Rodriguinho. The midfielder even dictated the pace in Bahia’s midfield, but sinned in the submissions and failed to turn the good moment into a goal. Ceará was better in the opening minutes, but gave space for Bahia to grow in the end. However, it also had good chances. In one of them, Vina even gave the cow a dribble at goalkeeper Matheus Teixeira, but lost the ball time and wasted a good opportunity. One of the positive points of the alvinegro team was the midfielder Lima, who in addition to arming the main plays of the team, was tireless in marking.

The second half was all from Bahia. Ceará returned uncontrolled and ended up being punished. The balance took place until 18 minutes, when the referee activated the VAR to signal a penalty on a ball in the hand of Luiz Otávio. Rodriguinho took the lead and put the visiting team in front of the scoreboard. The goal made despair in the team alvinegra, which was lost even more. Better for Bahia, which started to be left over in the field. In the 25th minute, in a speed run, Rodriguinho gave a sweet pass to Gilberto. The striker went over the mark and kicked hard to make it 2 to 0. Ceará still found strength to decrease. Jael, who had just entered, dropped after 38 minutes. After Marlon’s cross, the striker, with his head, made 2 to 1 and ended up taking the duel to penalties. In the collection, Rodriguinho, Matheus Galdezani, Lucas Araújo and Conti did for the Bahian team. The last one was the one who gave the title Lima and Fernando Sobral discounted. Jorginho kicked in the hands of Matheus Teixeira and Marlon put it out. Thonny Anderson was in defense of Richard.

* With information from Estadão Content