SC Internacional – Cruzeiro: Unrelenting Internacional defense pounce on Cruzeiro’s mistakes (3-0; 4-0 on agg.)
For all of Cruzeiro’s seemingly incisive buildup play – dragging Internacional’s midfield and defense in all different directions –they came up empty-handed. Playing mostly from controlled possession play, it was Cruzeiro that began to make erroneous decisions, as opposed to their sitting opponents.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Almost a month ago, these two sides played the first leg of their Copa do Brasil semi-final, which ended in a 1-0 defeat for the home side Cruzeiro. The Porto Alegre rivals met at the Beira Rio Stadium, to battle it out again. In that time, Cruzeiro have appointed a new manager – Rogério Ceni – who came in just three days following their first leg defeat, and nine days after their elimination from the Copa Libertadores. Since then, Cruzeiro have gone unbeaten in four league games and were hoping to spring a surprise in this encounter.
Internacional’s manager Odair Hellmann has had a much longer stay in comparison, and for this tie named an almost identical eleven to the one that beat Cruzeiro in the first leg. The only change came in the form of Andrés D’Alessandro, who replaced Rafael Sobís in the front line. Rogério, on the other hand, made four changes from that same tie – Sassá, Ariel Cabral, Léo and Luis Manuel Orejuela were all dropped from the side, as David and Marquinhos filled the vacant attacking roles, with Robinho dropping into deep midfield. And, further back, Jádson came in for Orejuela, and Fabrício Bruno overtook Léo in the center of defense, as part of a 4-2-3-1 setup.
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