Palmeiras – Fluminense: Luiz Adriano’s Three Goals Give Palmeiras The Win In A Match Between Struggling Defenses (3-0)
Palmeiras dominated the first few minutes and took the lead. After that, they struggled defensively, but Fluminense’s uninspired attack was not able to create many chances. Palmeiras scored two consecutive goals in the beginning of the second half that sealed the game early.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
Both teams have been through some eventful weeks with new managers coming in on both sides. Palmeiras struggled lately, lost the first spot in the league table and were eliminated by Grêmio in the Copa Libertadores quarter-final. They also lost 0-3 against league leaders Flamengo, leading to the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Former Brazilian national team manager Mano Menezes, who left Cruzeiro just a month ago after flirting with the relegation spots, took over last week. His first game in charge was a 2-1 win away at Goiás. He made two changes to the starting lineup with Ramires and Zé Rafael both not featuring in the squad. Felipe Melo and Willian took up the free spots in the 4-2-3-1 shape.
Fluminense not only struggled the past few weeks, but the whole season. They sit in seventeenth position which is a relegation spot. To turn things around, Oswaldo de Oliveira started in the end of August. His record by now is one win, one draw and one loss. He persisted with his 4-1-4-1 formation and trusted the same eleven players that secured their first win since six games.
Palmeiras dominates with good attacking football . . .