Internacional – Santos: Santos’ Title Hopes Fade In Quiet Draw At Internacional (0-0)
Action in Brazil’s Serie A was in full swing during the international break. This meant that some notable names would miss this clash between Internacional and Santos. Internacional would look to bounce back from a horrid run of results that culminated in the departure of Odair Hellmann as manager. Jorge Sampaoli would bring his charges into the match hoping to keep league leaders Flamengo within distance. What was produced was a goalless contest with good football on display, but little by way of goalmouth action.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
Caretaker manager Ricardo Colbachini was in charge of Internacional and he used the familiar 4-3-3 formation. Marcelo Lomba continued in goal with a backline of Heitor, Roberto Rosa, Victor Cuesta and Zeca. Edenílson, Rodrigo Lindoso and Patrick were fielded as the midfield three while Andrés D'Alessandro and Guilherme Parede were on the wings. Nicolás López would lead the line in the absence of Paolo Guerrero, who was away with Peru.
Jorge Sampaoli lined his Santos side up in a 4-3-3 formation to match the hosts and he had Éverson stand in goal. Lucas Verissimo and Jorge were the fullbacks with Gustavo Henrique and Luan Peres in central defense. Victor Ferraz, Evandro and Diego Pituca were the three men midfield. Tailson, Eduardo Sasha and Marinho were then the front three with Sasha at its center. Yeferson Soteldo and Carlos Sánchez were absentees for the visitors.
Early signs of an even contest
There was a fairly even and open start to proceedings. Possession was constantly changing hands, which left plenty . . .