September 28, 2022
Analysis: Early target destabilizes Vasco, who becomes an easy target for CSA |  Vasco

Analysis: Early target destabilizes Vasco, who becomes an easy target for CSA | Vasco

a Vasco Last Wednesday night, he suffered his fourth defeat in a row away from home in the second division. 2-0 setback for CSA, at Rei Pelé Stadium, was one of the team’s worst, if not worst, matches in the competition. The goal scored in the first minute helps explain Maceo’s poor performance.

Individual errors led to defeat, but the collective performance left much to be desired. Vasco was a disorganized team, with no reaction force and easily involved by the CSA, which left the landing zone momentarily with victory.

Andre Santos underperformed against CSA (Photo: Daniel Ramalho/CRVG .)

The ghost of last season, defensive aerial ball insisted on chasing Vasco da Gama and became a problem again in the last matches of the second division. And CSA’s strategy to exploit this weak point of the Carioca team worked in the first move, in a corner kick. Kick ended with Lukau’s goal. In this show, the individual foul was committed by Figueiredo, who did not accompany the opponent’s defender. But Edemar hesitated before giving up an unnecessary corner.

In the second division, nine of the 18 goals Vasco have received so far have come in the air.

If it was Vasco’s early goal in the win over Tombensee that affected the match, the same happened in Maceió, but only with the opposite effect. The tension prevented the team from putting the ball on the ground, and Vasco missed practically everything he tried.

– We had a very difficult first half. In the same way that I said in our victories that we got a favor because we scored a goal in the beginning, the difficulty today was to get the goal in the beginning – it summed up Emilio Farro after the game.

Best moments: CSA 2 x 0 Vasco, for round 25 of Serie B 2022

The most absurd mistake occurred in the 24th minute of the first half, when Danilo Boza was unable to control an easy ball in defense and made life easier for Lucas Barcelos, who touched the exit of Thiago Rodriguez to make it 2-0. He was slow to leave the goal, but less responsible for the result – he made five saves, two of which were considered difficult.

Amazingly, Vasco already missed Marlon Gomez, although the young midfielder played only two games in the professional team – he was injured in the victory over Tompense, in the last round. Andrei didn’t get into the game either. And the thinker duo, Nene and Alex Teixeira, barely appeared. It was the number 10 shirt that missed the most passes in Vasco’s shirt.

Lost on the field, Vasco didn’t decide whether to lower or raise the marks and started leaving a gap on the field to play CSA. Maceio’s side were crushed in the first half, and the second stage brought not an iota of hope for Vasco da Gama, who saw an unbalanced team repeating the same mistakes on the field.

Danilo Boza's silly mistake led to CSA's second goal

Danilo Boza’s silly mistake led to CSA’s second goal

Without an attacking strategy and with great difficulty putting the ball on the ground, due in large part to poor performances by Andre, Nene and Alex Teixeira, Vasco provided only one resource when he got to the front: crosses into the area. It came to nothing. Raniel, for example, left the field without sending a single. The substitutions for Emílio Faro, with Bruno Tubarão and Eguinaldo, also made it more difficult to explore this ploy. It was a game for Fabio Gomez to enter first.

Vasco’s building moments were rare. The team could not bring any danger to goalkeeper Marcelo Carne, who saved only twice easily in the match – out of the eight participations of the Carioca team, six were repelled by the CSA.

Vasco made CSA look like a top-tier team in Serie B, as was the ease of Alagoas to control and lead the game. The opponent felt comfortable taking the risk. Cariocas showed almost no competitiveness last Thursday.

"Enemy of serotonin", regrets John |  crowd sound

‘An enemy of serotonin’, regrets Joao | crowd sound

The change in attitude is impressive: In less than a week, Vasco left a game that increased confidence by arriving at a game that put team sequencing in check. The fluctuation is what worries Vasco fans the most. Three of the next four games will be away from home, and the team needs to find their balance again so as not to lose the fat that has kept them in the top four since round seven.

In order not to let the feather fall, Vasco will now have 10 days to prepare for the next match, against Bahia, on August 28, 4pm, at Arena Fonte Nova, for the 26th round of the second division.

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