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Arbitration aside, disrupting the classic as a whole, Santa Cruz and Sport returned to present offensive problems, above all. Due to the slowness in the transition after retaking the ball and little power of penetration. On both sides.
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Neílton, from Sport, tries to pass the Santa Cruz mark – Photo: Marlon Costa / Pernambuco Press
Especially in the first half. A Santa retracted and restricting himself to aerial play. Although it scared the red-blacks at various times. In one of them, with the right for William Alves to head into the net, in an invalid bid, due to an irregular position. With three steering wheels, none with construction characteristics, the choral team played in the rival’s mistake. So he had the chance to open the scoring in a penalty committed by Adryelson over Alan Cardoso.
On the Leon side, Rafael Thyere’s irregular goal came after one of the rare moments of lucidity. Even so, after two wrong kicks.
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The second stage was better. More exciting. With several chances of goals. It is not for that reason that it can be said that there was a fit. Especially on the Sport side, with a lot more game volume.
In the beginning, in seven minutes the Lion had three clear chances to make the second. Did not. One with Patric and two with Neílton. Two of them saved by the best player on the field, the coral goalkeeper Jordan. More than red-black imposition, the opportunities came due to the opponent’s deficiency. And when Santa managed to rebalance the confrontation, improving the marking, it came to a draw. Similarly. Taking advantage of spaces. This time, in a rare individual play by Madson, taking advantage of Patric’s slowness and suffering a penalty. Now well charged by Chiquinho, at 17 minutes.
At that point, Santa was already playing with two midfielders, with Marcel in the position of a bureaucratic Elicarlos, still without rhythm. As well as opponents Thiago Neves, Neílton and Maxwel.
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Santa Cruz x Sport, Elicarlos – Photo: Marlon Costa / Pernambuco
Sport woke up on 29 minutes, with Toró on the field. And with Santa retracting again. And without being able to be reactive. Holding the result with defensive lines and, most of all, with Jordan working miracles. In addition to luck, with Thyere kicking volley inches from the goal line, with the ball hitting Willian Alves in the head, hitting the post and going out.
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Pressure that only increased with the childish expulsion of Marcel, at 34. Continued even with the red card to the red-black Thyere.
Santa Cruz x Sport – Photo: Marlon Costa / Pernambuco Press
Until the winning goal, also taking a penalty kick, with Toró, already in extra time. Doing justice to those who had more chances, more possession of the ball and more volume. However, it still falls far short of what it needs. For the rest of the Northeast Cup and, mainly, to try to pass the stage.
Just like Santa. Although he managed to balance the classic at some point, he cannot be held hostage by his goalkeeper. It worked in Fortaleza. Not at Arruda.
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