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Palmeiras 2×0 LDU; still a chance in Libertadores da América

22 April 2009 by

Palmeiras beat LDU last night and maintained the chances to go to the playoffs:

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After the elimination in Campeonato Paulista, Luxemburgo decided to return to a formation with three center-defenders, the formation used in Palmeiras’ best games. In last night game it didn’t make a differential, and Palmeiras played bad once more.

Last night Palmeiras had a hard time to create chances because the team didn’t take it time to set up it attacking force in enemy’s field. Instead, the strikers were always targets of long passes, in the middle of lots of LDU defenders and with no one to play with.

In the first half two players played especially bad: Lenny, which couldn’t create one play or dribble, and Fabinho Capixaba, always trying to do a individual play and losing the ball.

For the second-half Luxemburgo took out Fabinho, and instead of three center-defenders, played with a four-men defensive line, with Maurício Ramos as a the right back. The subbed-in, Marquinhos, played as a right-midfielder.

The modifications were not as decisive as Palmeiras lucky: two minutes after the break, Marquinhos takes the corner, LDU’s goalkeeper fails to hold the ball and Marcão scores.

Some minutes later, the opposite goalkeeper has to be subbed-out, and the reserve goalkeeper fails to stop Diego Souza’s long range free kick, which gave final numbers to the game.

Now Palmeiras has one week to prepare for the most decisive game against Colo-Colo, away, next Wednesday. Only a win will guarantee Palmeiras in the playoffs.

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