Avaí was not aware of the Cruise in Mineirão. This Saturday (17), Leão da Ilha defeated Raposa 3-0 in Belo Horizonte for the 12th round of Série B of the Brazilian Championship.
The visitors climbed to sixth place, with 18 points, two behind the G4. The hosts reached their sixth game without a win and dropped to 15th place with 11 points, just two ahead of the relegation zone.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Avaí’s goal, in the 17th minute, was the only relevant move in the first stage. In a counterattack pulled by Jonathan Copete from the right, the forward rolled for defensive midfielder Marcos Serrato to dominate and finish from outside the area, in the corner of goalkeeper Fábio. Despite having more ball (62%), Cruzeiro was not at all efficient. The most dangerous shot came in the 37th minute, from striker Bruno José’s feet, inside the area on the left, but goalkeeper Gledson made the save.
The changes in coach Mozart, with the exchange of defensive midfielders (Rômulo in place of Lucas Ventura) and the entry of two strikers (Rafael Sobis and Felipe Augusto) in the vacancies of a midfielder (Claudinho) and a full-back (Jean) left Raposa more offensive around the break. On minute five, forward Marcelo Moreno received a cross from Rômulo from the right and headed the ball into the crossbar.
The feeling of a better cruise was short-lived. In two counterattacks, Avaí took advantage of the defensive disorganization of the hosts and paid off the bill at Mineirão. On minute 24, forward Getúlio shot down the left and found midfielder Renato free in the area to expand. At 35, Copete crossed low on the left and Renato, on the second post, completed with a cart for the net. Dejected, the team from Minas did little to change the scenario of the match, while the Santa Catarina team managed the victory.
In the 13th round, Cruzeiro will face Remo this Tuesday (20), at 7:00 pm (Brasilia time), at Baenão, in Belém. On Thursday (22), at 9:30 pm, Avaí receives Operário-PR at Hangover, in Florianópolis.
Earlier this Saturday, Brasil de Pelotas defeated Vitória 1-0 at the Bento Freitas stadium, in Pelotas (RS). Full-back Vidal, 30 minutes into the first half, scored the goal of the Xavante triumph. The Gauchos rose to 14th place, with 11 points, while Leão Bahia remains in the relegation zone, now in 18th place, with nine points.
In the next round, Vitória receives the Ponte Preta in Barradão, in Salvador, on Tuesday, at 9:30 pm. At the same time, but on Wednesday (21), Brazil visits Náutico nos Aflitos, in Recife.
In another match this Saturday, Goiás and Londrina did not start from scratch in Serrinha, in Goiânia. Esmeraldino is in fourth place, with 20 points, but could be overtaken if Operário wins over CSA, at 7 pm, at the Germano Krüger stadium, in Ponta Grossa (PR). Tubarão follows in the Series B lantern, with eight points.
The teams return to the field on Tuesday at 7pm. Goiás will face Botafogo at Nilton Santos, in Rio de Janeiro, while Londrina is taking on Confiança at the Café stadium, in Londrina (PR).
+ Learn about the effectiveness of each vaccine against Covid-19