Palmeiras – Grêmio: Grêmio Comes From Behind To Advance To Copa Libertadores Semi-Final Against A Disappointing Palmeiras (1-2)
Everything seemed to be going in the right direction for Palmeiras as Luiz Adriano scored the first goal after fourteen minutes. However, Grêmio learned from the mistakes they made in the first leg and adjusted their play accordingly. They were able to score two goals in the first half to take the lead in the tie on the away goals rule. Palmeiras’ attacking game was flawed and they were not able to score the goal they needed.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
One week after Palmeiras won the first leg, both teams met a third time within ten days with the Copa Libertadores semi-final at stake. Unlike Grêmio, Palmeiras did not have to play a league match on the weekend. However, this can hardly be seen as an advantage as Grêmio manager Renato Gaúcho fielded a completely different eleven in the league, something not at all uncommon in Brazilian football, where league, cup and intercontinental competitions are all played in a short dense season.
Both lineups were identical to the first match apart from Thiago Santos, who replaced the suspended Felipe Melo for the home side.
Grêmio adjusts their tactics to control the match
Grêmio had seventy per cent possession in the first leg, but struggled to create any goal scoring opportunities. They seemed to have learned from their mistakes as they adjusted their tactics to benefit from . . .