Athletico Paranaense – Grêmio: Paranaense Advance To Copa Do Brasil Final After Beating Grêmio On Penalties (2-0)
Athletico Paranaense dominated the first half with a variable possession game, overcoming the two-goal deficit of the first leg, with the second goal coming right after half-time. However, the hosts were not able to score the third goal after Grêmio were decimated to ten players, meaning this game was decided on penalties.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
Grêmio won the first leg of the Copa do Brasil semi-final 2-0 at home, making them favorites to progress to the final. Although their league campaign is disappointing – Grêmio sit in eleventh position after finishing fourth last year – the guests managed to advance to the Copa Libertadores semi-final by overcoming Palmeiras. A successful cup run would brighten up an otherwise poor season. Manager Renato Gaúcho fielded almost the same eleven that advanced to the Copa Libertadores semi-final a week earlier, only Éverton was missing.
The hosts lined up in a 4-1-4-1 formation. Compared to the first leg three weeks ago, manager Tiago Nunes changed the starting line-up in four positions, which led to a whole new right side. It turned out to be the correct decision, as the right side - with the talented defenders Robson Bambu (twenty-one years old) and right fullback Khellven (eighteen years old) - was very dangerous in possession.
Paranaense dominates with a fluid attacking game
After a lot of interruptions in the first ten minutes, both teams needed . . .