São Paulo – Corinthians: Reinaldo’s Penalty Separates Two Sides Clearly Struggling On The Offensive Side Of The Game (1-0)
São Paulo dominated the first half, but was unable to create any goalscoring opportunities and mostly relied on long shots. In the second half, they added crosses to their uninspired attacking game. Corinthians focused on a compact defensive shape, but was unable to create any threat going forwards. A penalty eventually decided the game.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
The match between São Paulo and Corinthians is an important matchup between two sides that are fighting for the Copa Libertadores places. The first four places qualify directly for the competition, while places five and six have to go through qualification rounds. São Paulo currently sits in fifth position, three points behind Corinthians. European Leagues are pausing their competitions during international break, but not the Brasileiro. Therefore, both managers had to play without their called-up players.
Compared to their 0-0 draw at Bahia in midweek, São Paulo manager Fernando Diniz changed his team in three positions. Right back Juanfran was substituted with an injury in the last game and was not able to play – he was replaced by Igor Vinicius. Center-back Robert Arboleda replaced Anderson Martins and striker Pablo Felipe missed out on the squad. Therefore, Alexandre Pato started in the central position and Vitor Bueno came in as the new left winger in the 4-1-4-1 formation.
Corinthians drew their last game in midweek, too. Manager Fábio Carille made two changes to his starting formation, as Matheus Jesus and Gabriel Girotto started in central midfield in the 4-1-4-1 shape. Vagner Love and Clayson played as wingers and Mauro Boselli started as the central striker. The back . . .