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Atlético-GO beat Corinthians with a great goal to open up a lead in the Brazilian Cup

Jorginho and Leo Pereira scored the goals of the red-black team from Goias against a disorganized and less dangerous opponent.

Arthur Sandes
Sao Paulo-SP

Atlético-GO got the better of Corinthians (27) on Thursday night, taking control of the Copa do Brasil quarter-final first leg and winning 2-0 at the Antonio Achioli Stadium in Goiania (GO). Jorginho and Leo Pereira scored the goals for the red-black team from Goias against a disorganized and less dangerous opponent.

The teams will meet again in three weeks’ time at the Neo Química Arena to decide who advances to the semi-finals to face Fluminense or Fortaleza in the semi-finals. Atlético-GO could even lose by a goal to still qualify, with Corinthians needing a two-goal difference to at least take things to penalties. Until then, both return to action on Saturday (30), in the Brazilian Championship. The white-white team of Sao Paulo hosts Botafogo, and the club of Goias visits Flamengo.

It was the first time that Vitor Pereira put Cantillo, Du Queiroz and Macon together on a tripod in midfield, but the formation failed to deliver. The team was too slow with the ball and also lacked positional clarity, especially when scoring, which was evident in the Colombian error that allowed Atlético-GO to score. At half-time Du came out for Giuliano’s entrance.

The hosts were able to apply pressure early on, forcing Cassio into two crucial saves and keeping Corinthians involved before opening the scoring in the 22nd minute; Jorginho broke free at the entrance to the area and the shot deflected past Cassio. Atlético-GO did better in this part of the game and controlled the tempo.

The delay in starting the game made Corinthians predictable and dependent on individual intentions. The only shot on goal in the entire first half came in the 38th minute, and for that Willian needed to escape from two markers and shoot from distance. Otherwise, little inspiration.

It was Roger Guedes who tried to combine the most, who accelerated some steps with first-class passes, but even then the team did not create a threat.


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Corinthians came back from the break a little better, with Adson and Juliano replacing Du Queiroz and Roger Guedes. The two reserves combined in a bid that ended with Willian’s shot and then Giuliano almost equalized with a cross. On the one hand, Alvingro managed to at least bypass the first line, which had rarely happened before, but on the other hand, he was susceptible to counterattacks; Jorginho almost extended it to Atlético-GO in one of them.

With the advantage, the team preferred to play without the ball in the second half and retreated for counterattacks. Two of them almost scored the second goal. Jorginho missed a great chance and Wellington Rato didn’t get to the cross. On the third chance, Leo Pereira headed home Casio’s corner to double Atlético-GO’s lead and seal the deal.

Fausto Vera signed for Corinthians on Monday (25), declared and registered for the Brazilian Cup this Tuesday (26) and made his debut this Wednesday. He came on in the 20th minute of the 2nd half and didn’t do well. Disengagement aside, he missed two dangerous steps. first a pass on the ball that almost scored, then a dribble was damaged in Atlético-GO’s counterattack.

Having recovered from a back injury, Cassio returned to the Corinthians goal this Wednesday to make his 603rd appearance for the club and become the goalkeeper who has worn the white shirt most often. He paid tribute in the locker room and was in high demand on the field. He made two saves in the first minutes and was pinned after a deflection in the opponent’s goal.


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ATHLETIC-GO

Ronaldo; Dudu (Heiner), Vanderson, Edson Felipe and Jefferson; Gabriel Baralhas, Marlon Freitas, Wellington Rato (Leo Pereira) and Jorginho (Shaylon); Peglow (Airton) and Ricardinho (Luis Fernando). Coach: Jorge

CORINTHIANS

Cassius; Fagner (Rafael Ramos), Gil, Raul Gustavo (Balbuena) and Lucas Piton; Cantillo (Fausto Vera), Du Queiroz (Giuliano) and Maycon; Willian, Roger Guedes (Adson) and Yuri Alberto. Coach: Vitor Pereira

Antônio Accioly Stadium, in Goiânia-GO
Referee: Marcelo de Lima Henrique (CE)
Assistants: Rodrigo Figueiredo Henrique Correa (FIFA/RJ) and Neilton Junior de Souza Oliveira (EC)
VAR: Adriano Milczwski (PR)
Yellow cards: Edson Felipe (ATL)
Goals: Jorginho (ATL), 22’/1; Leo Pereira (ATL), 41’/2.


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