Grêmio – Palmeiras: Palmeiras Takes Important Step To The Copa Libertadores Semi-Finals In A Match Devoid Of Scoring Opportunities (0-1)
In the first leg of the Copa Libertadores quarter-final, Grêmio dominated possession but failed to create any good chances. As expected, Palmeiras looked to sit deep and punish the opposition on the counter, but they were not very successful with this strategy. However, they are now very close to the semi-final, courtesy of a stunning goal from a free kick.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
Within ten days, Grêmio and Palmeiras play each other three times. The first match on Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw, which saw the guests lose the top spot in the league. Grêmio manager Renato Gaúcho made as many as ten changes to his starting eleven, clearly prioritizing the Copa Libertadores over an already lost league campaign. Left back Bruno Cortez was the only remaining player from the last match but he had to leave the field through injury in the nineteenth minute and was replaced by Juninho Capixaba.
Luiz Felipe Scolari changed his starting lineup in eight positions. Goalkeeper Weverton, center-back Gustavo Gomez and right winger Dudu were the only players that started the last match as well. Palmeiras set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation instead of the 4-1-4-1 formation they used three days ago.
Palmeiras’ nominal 4-2-3-1 formation turned into a situational 6-3-1 out of possession, so deep was the positioning of their wingers at times.
Grêmio dominate possession
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