Not even Fidelino, that Corinthians fan who lives in Itaquera and doesn’t have the money to go to Corinthians games, although he doesn’t give up loving him with all his strength, could imagine a Sunday so happy, so historic, and such a relief.
Yes, he knew that the Brabas were favorites to reach the Paulistão finals because, after all, they are the Brazilian and continental champions and, what’s more, they had already beaten the Palestrinas in the first game, as visitors, 1-0.
But Dérbi is Dérbi and the Libertadores decision had been a tough decision, 10 against 11.
When the first half ended, he, who was in the stadium, with modest prices, among the more than 24 thousand faithful, was already almost satisfied with the 3-0 score.
He even asked whoever was next to him if it would be three ends, six ends and they asked him to moderate his appetite.
In fact, it wasn’t.
It was 8-0!
More than being run over, more than massacre, a historic page in women’s football, one that will be remembered for decades to come.
Fidelino had the luxury of eating a steak sandwich as he left the stadium and also drinking a beer, even if it was less cold than would be ideal in the monumental heat in the city.
And he went looking for a bar where he could watch Grêmio and Corinthians broadcast outside, because his TV set broke and he didn’t want to bother his neighbor, who was very kind, but from Palmeiras and could be in a bad mood. .
Fidelino was outraged by the unmarked penalty on Matheus Bidu at the beginning of the game and even more so by the expulsion of Bruno Méndez following the play.
If the penalty had been awarded, there would have been no expulsion, which he considered made sense.
Well, he thought, if Mano Menezes selected the team with five defenders and made it clear that he was in Porto Alegre looking for a point, with ten players everything would go down the drain against the Grêmio foreign legion, with no less than half a dozen players. Argentines, Uruguayans and Paraguayans on the field.
Field, it must be said, blessedly transformed into mud by the rain that punished the gauchos — and as a consequence of the music shows at the stadium.
For those who wanted to destroy, it was a great sign — and Fidelino thanked São Pedro, São Jorge’s partner.
He felt chosen by the stadium gods when he saw Lucas Veríssimo pass a header to Romero to make it 1-0, in the 32nd minute.
The Paraguayan played like a true Defensor del Chaco and Veríssimo, with a Colorado surname, put the gunslinger Luis Suárez in his pocket, soaked in water and sweat.
Fidelino is educated, has a tough skin, has lived many Sundays of pain and joy and, realistically, when the first half ended with the black and white advantage, he made a deal with São Jorge: “If it ends in a draw it will be a good size”.
Between us, rare reader and rare reader, if they proposed to Mano he would also agree.
The final 45 minutes were not the final 45 minutes. There were 56.
And without Cássio in the last 31, because he was injured and Carlos Miguel replaced him.
Fidelino never had money to go to a manicure and even if he did he wouldn’t go because he eats all his nails twice or more a week while supporting Timão.
In the morning he didn’t even remember he had teeth and nails, Derby was so easy.
At the Musketeers’ meeting, however, he ate them all, only the ones on his feet were missing.
A great team only falls once, he thought. Ufa!
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