Palmeiras – Grêmio: Grêmio’s late winner ends Palmeiras’ title hopes (1-2)
Despite both sides major defensive issues, neither team was able to create scoring chances. Ultimately, it was Grêmio, who managed the bulk of possession and upped their game at the right moment - their performance rewarded with a goal. Palmeiras did manage to level the match. However a late strike in injury from substitute, Pepê, decided the game for Grêmio.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
After winning the Copa Libertadores on Saturday night, Flamengo had the possibility of winning their second title of the season without even taking the pitch. To win their first Brasilerão since 2009, all they needed was for Grêmio to take at least one point from their match against Palmeiras However, this was a tall task as Palmeiras had not lost a game since mid-October - winning six of their last nine matches.
After their disappointing 1-1 draw at Bahia last week, Palmeiras’ manager Mano Menezes made three changes to his lineup. Luan, Gustavo Scarpa and Deyverson all missed out on the first eleven and were replaced by Gustavo Gómez, Lucas Lima and Miguel Borja in a 4-2-3-1 shape. Returning after more than ten years in Europe, striker Luiz Adriano was once again pushed to the bench.
With five points clear of seventh position and five games to go, Grêmio control their own fate in potentially qualifying for next year’s Copa Libertadores. However, they have a difficult run of fixtures in the offing, with their next three matches coming against teams also vying for a position in South America’s premier knockout competition. Renato Gaúcho stuck to his 4-2-3-1 formation - making . . .