São Paulo overcame Vasco again and qualified for the quarterfinals of the Copa do Brasil. This Wednesday (4), Tricolor, which seeks the unprecedented title of the competition, defeated Cruzmaltino by 2-1 at the São Januário stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, by the round of 16.
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The Paulistas entered the field and could even lose by a goal difference, as they won the first leg, a week ago, at Morumbi, in São Paulo, by 2-0. The tricolor opponent will be defined in a draw at the headquarters of the Brazilian Confederation of Football (CBF) this Friday (6), at 3 pm (Brasilia time).
Despite the advantage in the aggregate score, it was São Paulo who took the initiative in São Januário. On minute 20, full-back Reinaldo took a corner kick on the right, defender Léo Pelé headed in the small area and goalkeeper Vanderlei made a great save. The rebound was left with Bruno Alves, who tried to dodge his belly, in fright, hitting the beam. In the next move, Vasco even hit the net with Germán Cano, but judge Anderson Daronco, with the help of the VAR (video referee), annulled the goal by a hand touch from defensive midfielder Juninho in the play.
The Cruzmaltina mission became more difficult in the 31st minute, when Léo Jabá was sent off after a hard foul on Reinaldo. Daronco initially gave the attacker yellow, but changed the color of the card when reviewing the move in the video, as recommended by the VAR. Eleven minutes later, Luis Orejuela crossed on the right, free, for forward Emiliano Rigoni, with his head, opening the score and complicating the hosts’ life.
At the beginning of the second half, on minute four, midfielder Martín Benítez took advantage of the leftover ball raised in the area and finished off, counting with a deflection on defender Leandro Castan to swing the former club’s net and increase the tricolor advantage. The third almost came out at 13, in an attempt to letter from striker Pablo, at the entrance to the small area.
Even with one less, Vasco managed to decrease. At 25, goalkeeper Tiago Volpi defended, at first, the kick of defender Zeca, but the ball bounced off defensive midfielder Liziero and went into the goal. The attempt at a reaction in Rio, however, was once again stopped by an expulsion. In the 34th minute, Leandro Castan lost balance as he ran after Vitor Bueno, who started towards Vanderlei’s goal, knocking the attacker down and taking the second red of the night. With two more on the field, the Tricolor managed the result.
The two teams return to the field this Saturday (7), for their respective national championships. São Paulo will visit Athletico-PR at 6 pm, at Arena da Baixada, in Curitiba, for the 15th round of the Serie A of the Brazilian Nationals. Later, at 7:30 pm, Vasco will face Vitória in Barradão, in Salvador, for the 16th round of Serie B.
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