Analysis: attempts to “cook” the game are costly, and Palmeiras will have to do more to be champions | palm trees

Analysis: attempts to “cook” the game are costly, and Palmeiras will have to do more to be champions | palm trees
Analysis: attempts to “cook” the game are costly, and Palmeiras will have to do more to be champions | palm trees
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Best moments | Santos 1 x 0 Palmeiras in the final of the Campeonato Paulist

Palmeiras suffered their first defeat of the season, last Sunday, at the most crucial moment of the year so far. In the first game of the Campeonato Paulista final, against Santos, in Vila Belmiro, Verdão did not play well, lost 1-0 and came up behind in the decision.

Abel Ferreira’s starting lineup was the same one that beat Novorizontino in the semifinals. And just like on that occasion, the team presented several problems to create a pragmatic game. The difference was that this time there wasn’t a hero like Endrick was in midweek.

The impression in the first minutes of the game against Santos was that Palmeiras was “cooking” the match to reduce Vila Belmiro’s pressure – in ecstasy since before the ball rolled – and seek a goal calmly, without haste.

1 of 2 Endrick and referee Flavio Rodrigues de Souza in the Santos x Palmeiras final — Photo: Marcos Ribolli
Endrick and referee Flavio Rodrigues de Souza in the Santos x Palmeiras final — Photo: Marcos Ribolli

The strategy could have worked if Flaco López converted the shot 4 minutes into the first half, when he came face to face with João Paulo. It was the team’s clearest chance in the first 45 minutes. Other than that, Verdão presented little intensity and enormous difficulty in creation.

If Abel tried to change something in the locker rooms during the break, that attempt went down the drain two minutes into the second half, when Guilherme made a great move on the left, pulled him to the baseline and crossed just enough for Otero, with a header, to open the goal. score for Santos. A huge failure on the part of the defense.

It was only after this scare that Palmeiras woke up and Abel started thinking about changes to shake up a team that showed no signs of reacting quickly.

At 20 minutes, the Portuguese coach made three changes at once. Flaco López, Endrick and Zé Rafael left for Rony, Lázaro and Richard Ríos. Verdão became much faster and the volume of play increased.

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The draw could have resulted from the chances created, mainly from Rony’s feet, but the shots stopped due to João Paulo’s good defenses.

Palmeiras’ first defeat of the year could bring lessons for the team’s run. Some players like Piquerez and Raphael Veiga, outstanding in other years, have not performed as expected. On the bench there are already some athletes asking for space.

To be three-time champions, Verdão will have to do much more than they have done in recent games. The return is scheduled for next Sunday, at 6pm, at Allianz Parque.

Looking back at Paulistão’s last two titles, hope remains intact for the fans. On both occasions Palmeiras lost the first game, but turned it around with the strength of their home team.

In terms of rest, Verdão has a disadvantage, as it will visit San Lorenzo, in Argentina, on Wednesday, at 9:30 pm, for the Libertadores, while its rival will have a free week for training.

To win the third championship, Verdão will have to win by more than one goal difference. A victory by one goal takes the decision to penalties. Santos plays for a draw.

2 of 2 Otero rises to head and score a goal for Santos against Palmeiras — Photo: Abner Dourado/AGIF
Otero goes up to head and score a goal for Santos against Palmeiras — Photo: Abner Dourado/AGIF

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