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Galhardo misses the penalty, and Fortaleza lose to Cerro Porteño in the pre-Libertadores

Leão do Pici will have to change the 1-0 result next week in Paraguay

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Thiago Galhardo had the chance to put Fortaleza in front of the scoreboard, but missed the penalty.

This Thursday night, the 9th, for the first match of the third phase of Cup of liberatorsO STRENGTH was defeated by Cerro Porteño-PAR, with 1 to 0, inside the crowded Castelão Arena stadium. Striker Thiago Galhardo missed a penalty in the first half and the team from Ceará were down one man for most of the second half. The Brazilians now need to win by two or more goals in Paraguay next Thursday, the 16th, to qualify for the group stage. As in competitions conmebol there is no longer an away goal criterion, if the result of the first leg is repeated, the vacant place will be determined on penalties. In front of the fans, Fortaleza showed the same attitude as in the match against Maldonado, when they defeated 4-0. With possession of the ball, the team populated the Cerro Porteño defensive field. Embarrassingly, the Paraguayan team has bet on counterattacks. Churín took the first risk and scared goalkeeper Fernando Miguel. The offer did not daunt the Brazilian side, who continued to press until Calebe went down in the box and the referee signaled a penalty. Top scorer Thiago Galhardo went for a shot, but goalkeeper Jean saved. The missed penalty took away Fortaleza’s composure.

Nervous and talking too much to the referees, Leão do Pici saw Cerro release and score with Carrizo, but the bid was overruled by VAR. But the relief was short-lived. Churín headed home in the 33rd minute, taking advantage of a defensive breakdown. The goal destabilized Fortaleza for good. If it weren’t for the precise cuts from Marcelo Benevenuto, Bruno Pacheco and Titi, the Vojvodina team could have come away with a worse balance in the first stage. Moreover, Fortaleza tried a reaction, but Tinga’s shot was stopped by goalkeeper Jean. In the second phase, Fortaleza came back faster, but found it difficult to enter the opposition zone and suffered counterattacks. The best chance came in another submission from Tinga, again saved by Jean. The game was well-discussed, until Rivas overdid it and ended up sent off, after a difficult tackle on Marcelo Benevenuto. With another, Fortaleza launched the attack, pushed by the crowd, but stopped at goalkeeper Jean.

*With information from Estadão Content

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