Sao Paulo, Brazil
Internacional managed to postpone the title from Palmeiras, managing to transform the match against Ceará. Because if it were up to the Corinthians, their biggest rival would be celebrating their 11th Brazilian title.
Vítor Pereira’s team played very badly against Fluminense, in the middle of the Itaquera arena. And lost by 2 to 0, goals of the top scorer of Brazil, the Argentinian Cano. The Rio team was much better tactically, stopped the São Paulo team and took advantage of the counter-attacks in a surgical way.
Fernando Diniz has been able to impose the movement and touch of the ball that he has been touting for at least six years as “modern football”.
But, for reasons of justice, Vítor Pereira saw his plans sabotaged by injuries. Gustavo Mosquito suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee. And Renato Augusto had a contracture in the adductor muscle of his left thigh.
“I think the team played very well. Congratulations to my teammates, we made a big effort, it’s difficult to play here, but we managed to win,” Cano said, sharing credit not only for the goals, but for the sensational season. he has.
In a night of great irritation, Cássio gave his summary of the game that ended Corinthians’ distant dream of being champions of Brazil.
“Fluminense are a very qualified team, it’s not from today, it’s the whole championship. We took a silly goal, in a dead ball that we knew they had, to hit quickly. We competed, but they’re a very tidy team. Then they were happy with a kick and we couldn’t react,” he said.
Meanwhile, at Porto Alegre, Internacional showed a lot of nervousness. He fought for Palmeiras not to be champions with a bad result against Ceará, a team threatened with relegation.
The suffering at Porto Alegre has been enormous since the start of the match, when Igor Gomes gave Bruno Pacheco a child’s penalty. Lima charged confidently and scored 1-0 for the northeastern club.
Tension dominated Beira-Rio. Because Internacional went on the attack and opened the space for counter-coups from Ceará. It was a very exciting game.
In the second half, Mano definitely made his team progress. He put pressure on the Ceará team which showed fatigue. Until Edenílson takes advantage of a cross from De Pena, in the 19th minute, which crosses the defense. 1 to 1.
Internacional went under pressure once and for all, looking for a comeback.
It was then that Moledo delivered a powerful kick and the ball exploded in the arm of Luiz Otávio. A lot of pressure. And the penalty was scored by Ramon Abatti Abel, confirmed by VAR.
Alan Patrick struck with conviction and scored 2-1 in the 32nd minute.
From there, Argentine coach Lucho González pushed his side forward, looking for a draw. Inter retreated to secure the result.
He suffered, but kept the Brazilian alive, with a mathematical chance of taking the title from Palmeiras.
Because if it was up to the Corinthians, the Brazilian would be defined yesterday.
With the title of Palmeiras.
For Abel Ferreira’s team to be champion, it is enough to win next Wednesday, at the Allianz Parque, against Fortaleza.
And the fight for the Brazilian title ends…