Verdao almost lost 2-0, but sought a draw in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores
last Wednesday (3), Palm trees Draw with Atlético Mineiro in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League Editor’s Cup, in Minerao. The team almost lost 2-0, but looked for a tie with two goals scored by Morello and Danilo, in stoppage time. The search for a tie made the international press succumb once again to Abel Ferreira’s team.
The newspaper “Olé” praised the Palmeiras team, claiming it was an “era-making team”. In the headline of the match, the Argentine daily highlighted that Verdao went from “nearly collapsing to prodigy to save an unbeaten streak”. Palmeiras is unbeaten so far in this edition of the Copa Libertadores and has played 20 unbeaten matches in the continental championship away from home.
“But Abel Ferreira put together a team to celebrate an era that wouldn’t have given up easily, with ambiguity. Despite the upcoming historic defeat, the two-time champion of the Americas ended up in the equation before the final whistle,” publishes the daily Marhaba. Palmeiras is the current two-time Copa Libertadores champion, beating Santos and Flamengo respectively in the finals.
Regarding the opponent, the daily spoke of a “draw with defeat” for Atlético Mineiro. He revealed that the match was a “real show for the neutrals”, in addition to being the best quarter-final match to date. The duel winner faces the winner between Atletico Paranaense and Estudiantes-ARG for a place in the Grand Final, in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
In addition to the Libertadores, Palmeiras is fighting for the Brazilian championship title. Verdau is the leader of the competition with 42 points, four points ahead of rival Corinthians. The team returns to the field on Sunday (7), against Goiás, at Allianz Parque. The return leg of the Libertadores against Atlético Mineiro will take place on Wednesday (10), also at the team’s home ground.
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