Palmeiras beat Red Bull Bragantino today (29), 3-1, in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Brazil Cup, and took a good step in the knockout. With an overwhelming start at the Nabi Abi Chedid stadium, Verdão scored three goals in the first 30 minutes, with Raphael Veiga, Wesley and Luiz Adriano. Jan Hurtado took the second half.
After the result away from home, Palmeiras can lose by a goal difference next week (day 5), at Allianz Parque – the goal as a visitor is not a tiebreaker criterion. Therefore, if Bragantino wins by two goals on the lap, regardless of the score, the decision of the confrontation will be on penalties.
Until the teams meet again, it is expected that Verdão will confirm their new coach. Portuguese Abel Ferreira, from PAOK (GRE), has advanced negotiations to assume the vacant position since the resignation of Vanderlei Luxemburgo, just over two weeks ago.
THE BEST: Wesley continues to unbalance
Wesley’s stage is great, and the striker once again ended up as one of the highlights of Palmeiras. He led the team with dribbling and started the first goal. Opened on the left, the 47 shirt has been an important piece in the team of interim Andrey Lopes. In addition, it has been improving when deciding moves and scored again today.
THE WORST: Braga sides suffer
Aderlan and Edimar are going to have nightmares about the Palmeiras strikers. They were very exposed and saw the opponent lie down and roll in counterattacks across the field.
FELIPE MELO BACK IN THE MIDDLE
The main change at Verdão was the return of Felipe Melo to the midfield, sending Patrick de Paula back to the bench. A defender since the beginning of 2020, captain alviverde gave a beautiful assist to Wesley’s goal, but ended up yellowed in the second half by a foul on Claudinho in the half moon.
Maurício Barbieri’s team had a disastrous performance at home. Even with more than 60% of possession of the ball for much of the time, it created very little danger, and whenever it was counterattacked it was messy. Well blocked by Palmeiras, the team from Bragança Paulista improved in the second half and managed to discount. The score could have been much worse.
PALM TREES PERFORMANCE
In addition to being well positioned defensively, Palmeiras was overwhelming stealing the ball and accelerating plays. Wesley and Ron on the sides, and Zé Rafael helping in the transition had important roles to build the result. Andrey Lopes’ strategy was very well executed in the first half. After the break, however, Verdão ended up retreating too much and lost the chance to make the place better.
Palmeiras quickly secured the victory in the confrontation for the Copa do Brasil, since in the first half hour they had 3-0 in their favor. Raphael Veiga, after four minutes, concluded Zé Rafael’s move to open the scoring, Wesley expanded after Felipe Melo’s launch at 17, and Luiz Adriano took advantage of the surplus inside the area, at 27, in an overwhelming start of Verdão.
Red Bull Bragantino came back from the interval trying to disturb to mitigate the loss, but they had difficulties to break through the good blockade alviverde – the Palmeiras players, showed to be very connected and fighting a lot during all the time. From the exchanges of Maurício Barbieri, however, the hosts pressed more and Jan Hurtado managed to score with a strong shot, at 37 of the final stage.
RED BULL BRAGANTINO 1 x 3 PALM TREES
Local: Nabi Abi Chedid stadium, in Bragança Paulista (SP)
Data: October 29, 2020, Thursday
Schedule: 19h (from Brasília)
Referee: Jean Pierre Gonçalves Lima (RS)
Assistants: Leirson Peng Martins (RS) e Lucio Beiesdorf Flor (RS)
WHERE: Daniel Nobre Bins (RS)
Yellow cards: Edimar, Claudinho (RBB); Raphael Veiga, Wesley, Felipe Melo (PAL)
GOALS: Raphael Veiga, four minutes into the first half (0-1); Wesley, 17 minutes into the 1st half (0-2); Luiz Adriano, 27 minutes into the 1st half (0-3); Yan Hurtado, 36 minutes into the 2nd half (1-3)
RED BULL BRAGANTINO: Cleiton; Aderlan, Léo Ortiz, Ligger and Edimar; Ryller, Evangelista (Uillian Corrêa) and Claudinho (Cuello); Tubarão (Luís Phelipe), Artur (Morato) and Ytalo (Jan Hurtado). Coach: Maurício Barbieri.
PALM TREES: Weverton; Gabriel Menino, Luan, Gustavo Gómez and Viña; Felipe Melo, Zé Rafael and Raphael Veiga (Lucas Lima); Wesley (Gustavo Scarpa), Rony (Willian) and Luiz Adriano (Ramires). Coach: Andrey Lopes (interim)