With the victory, the team from São Paulo already has 28 points, three more than the vice-leader Atlético Mineiro
O palm trees remains firm in the leadership of Brazilian championship and completed his sixth consecutive victory in the competition. Always in control of the match, Abel Ferreira’s team won the Atlético-GO 3-0, in Goiânia, this Sunday, 18. The goals were scored by eder (against), Scarpa e Breno Lopes, the last two left in the final minutes of the match. In all competitions, Palmeiras has seven consecutive victories and shows that it will once again be a candidate for the titles it disputes. The team from São Paulo reached 28 points, with three points ahead of vice-leader Atlético Mineiro. Atlético-GO has 15 and is in 11th place. This Sunday, coach Abel Ferreira made seven changes in relation to the team that won the Universidad Católica in the Copa Libertadores. The intention was to spare those who came from a big following, such as Marcos Rocha, Danilo, Breno Lopes, Deyverson. Even with the changes, the team suffered little in the match and showed one of the main characteristics of the campaign: objectivity and great finishing power.
One of the novelties was the selection of Dudu, which started among the first-team players. The striker made his first start since May 10, when he last played for Al Duhail, in Qatar. With less than a minute, the forward crossed and counted on the deflection of William Maranhão to demand a great defense from goalkeeper Fernando Miguel. This was one of the few moments in which he played a decisive role in the game. Still in the adaptation phase, Dudu was discreet. Palmeiras managed to neutralize Atlético’s greatest weapon: the counterattack. As soon as he lost the ball, defensive midfielders and even the midfielders scored to try to get him back. On the other hand, Palmeiras didn’t have space to play the way they like: quick transition to attack with objectivity. Both teams struggled to build plays. With that, the chances of goals were rare. At 28, André Luís lined up inside the Palmeiras area, but couldn’t finish. Minutes later, Zé Rafael took a risk from outside the area.
Atlético-GO faced a dilemma: go out to play, but without giving space for the rival’s counterattacks. The trap from Palmeira was armed with Dudu and Wesley, one on each side, and William playing centered. The trap disarmed at 13 minutes. Always by the sides of the field, Veiga launched Wesley in one of the few moments he had space. In the low cross, Willian shared with defender Éder, who scored an own goal: 1-0. With the advantage on the scoreboard, Abel Ferreira tried to save more players for the Libertadores clash. And closed himself to finally try to play on the counterattack. This retreat made the team run the risk of suffering a draw. On minute 40, Arthur Gomes took a free kick that required a great defense from Weverton. Even under pressure, Palmeiras killed the game in two counterattacks in the final stretch of the match. After throwing to Deyverson, who started from his field, Scarpa made the second, even clumsy, heading in the small area. Three minutes later, in another counterattack, it was Breno Lopes’ turn to submit. The two assists were from forward Deyverson, who entered the second half and starts to show that he is also able to start.
*With information from Estadão Content.