Palmeiras beats Sport with Scarpa’s goal and glue in the lead of Brasileirão – Prime Time Zone


With the result, Alviverde paulista jumps to the second position in the table, reaching 19 points and being behind the leader Athletico-PR only by the tiebreaker criterion

CHARLES JOHNSON/UAI PHOTO/ESTADÃO CONTENTGustavo Scarpa celebrates Palmeiras goal over Sport

O palm trees won the Sport 1-0 this Sunday afternoon, 4, at Ilha do Retiro, in Recife, in the match valid for the ninth round of the Brazilian championship. Gustavo Scarpa, receiving assistance from Danilo in the first half, scored the only goal of the match. With the result, Alviverde paulista jumps to the second position in the table, reaching 19 points and behind the leader Athletico-PR only by the tie-breaking criterion – it is worth remembering, however, that the RB Bragantino can resume the point today, if he wins the Sao Paulo, in Morumbi. The Lion, in turn, remains with 6 points and is stagnant in the 16th position, being able to enter the relegation zone during the round.

Verdão was better than Sport in the first stage, using a lot the sides of the field to attack its northeastern rival. After creating chances with Gustavo Scarpa, Raphael Veiga, Breno Lopes and Deyverson, Abel Ferreira’s team opened the scoring in the 37th minute. Danilo, in play from the right wing, got rid of the marking and crossed to Scarpa, who completed for the net without any Sport player in the marking. In the final minutes, the match was more balanced. The Pernambuco natives, after complaining about a penalty for touching Veiga’s arm, almost tied with Júnior Tavares, who dropped a bomb beside Jaílson’s crossbar. Breno Lopes, in the last play, still had a great opportunity, but he didn’t expand thanks to Sabino’s deflection.

Needing a tie, Sport launched the attack in the second stage and bothered Jaílson a lot. In well-crafted plays, Thiago Neves and André took paint off the crossbar in medium-distance kicks. Then, the midfielder made the Palmeira goalkeeper practice a good defense. Trying to balance the game, Abel Ferreira promoted a triple change, putting Ron, Willian and Danilo Barbosa on the field. The changes balanced the game, which persisted with a favorable result for Palmeiras until the end. Now, Verdão returns to the field on Wednesday, 7th, when it receives the Guild, at Allianz Park. On the same day, Sport visits the Athletic Goianiense, at Antônio Accioly.