Athletico Paranaense – SC Internacional: Last-gasp piece of quality wins Paranaense a chaotic yet dysfunctional match (1-0)
Paranaense found dominance in this match through their diagonal threat and sustained pressure off the ball. Internacional seemed far too reluctant to keep the ball down and, rather, pumped hopeful balls into the channels time and time again. As the game ebbed away, it took a little more than what both sides had been doing thus far, given how indecisive they were throughout.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Paranaense welcomed the break in schedule for the Copa América as they had suffered through four league defeats in five games. Despite being down in thirteenth prior to this, they sat just six points below their fifth-placed opponents. And, in a matchup that has not seen the home side lose since September 2014, Paranaense would have been hugely optimistic.
Both sides had to cope with fixture congestion due to Copa do Brasil quarter-final duty. Tiago Nunes, though, only made two changes to his eleven which drew at home to Flamengo in midweek: Lucas Halter was replaced in defense by Pedro Henrique whilst Wellington dropped out of the midfield for Lucho González, still in keeping to the same 4-2-3-1 system.
Odair Hellmann took a much more drastic approach following their 1-0 defeat away at Palmeiras. He named nine (!) changes, with only goalkeeper Marcelo Lomba and central midfielder Nonato keeping their spots. Even the 4-4-2 system did not keep its place as a 4-3-3 setup was installed instead.
Paranaense establish foothold
It took a while for this match to settle and kick into gear, but when it did, it seemed to tip heavily in the home side’s favor. Whilst both . . .