Verdão had two goals disallowed for offside, created chances, but failed to clean up the scoreboard
THE palm trees it was 0-0 against São Bento in a match played at Allianz Parque, in São Paulo, this Saturday, the 14th. It was the debut of Abel Ferreira’s team in Paulista Championship. The performance did not excite the fans. The reigning champions of the competition even scored twice, with Jailson and Dudu, but VAR saw offside on both occasions. At the end of the second leg, Palmeiras put pressure on the Sorocaba side, who withstood Alviverde’s pressure and took home a point. In the second round, Verdão will go to Ribeirão Preto to face Botafogo-SP, at 21:30. São Bento takes the field earlier, on Tuesday, at 15:30, against Santo André, in Sorocaba.
São Bento managed to hold on. It was the first big chance of the Sorocaba team in the game. Léo Silva forced Weverton into a good save from a header. Verdão even scored with Jaison in the 10th minute, but the goal was disallowed for offside. The offer stuck to the hosts and almost opened the score in the 20th minute of the game. But he stopped at São Bento goalkeeper Zé Carlos. In the 25th minute, Gustavo Gómez hit the post. Endrick almost scored from outside the area and stopped at Zé Carlos. São Bento rolled out their sleeves early in the second half and even spent more time with the ball at their feet. On the counter-attack, Fernandinho took a good pass and shot but it was stopped by Weverton. Sorocaba’s team remained strong in scoring, but lacked quality in passing. Palmeiras, for its part, had a lot of difficulty breaking through the visitors’ blockade and insisted too much on crosses. Dudu was heavily involved but had few options up front. On the dead ball, Gabriel Menino found Dudu after São Bento scored. The striker did, but again the VAR was overruled. Palmeiras persisted and almost scored with Zé Rafael from outside the area and hit the crossbar. The same went alone to the corner kick, but failed to score. The team led by Abel Ferreira pressed hard at the end of the game, but failed to clear the table. Vanderlan stopped in the opposing defense late in the game, after a good move by Dudu.