In the 27th game ahead of Corinthians, Vanderlei Luxemburgo reached the 11th game in a row undefeated, with eight victories, classified for the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana, depending on the tie with São Paulo to reach the finals of the Copa do Brasil and, more importantly, on course to leave the threat of relegation in the Campeonato Brasileiro behind.
Winning the threatened Coritiba at home was necessary and left the team five points above the confusion zone, potentially eight points away if they win, against Grêmio, the game they have the least.
After a tragic start, it’s fair to say that the policy of mixing the stars with the kids has served to ease Corinthian life, even without convincing performances and, as a rule, against inferior opponents, with the exception of São Paulo, Fluminense and Atlético Mineiro.
The turn over Coritiba by 3 to 1 proved the good phase.
Imagine the rare reader and the rare reader what went through the head of the Botafogo native, a pessimist by nature, when Lucas Perri, the best goalkeeper in the Brazilian Championship, was dizzy looking for the ball he had defended, and let go, until the Inter striker kicked it into the back of the net.
The Gauchos took the lead, breaking the invincibility at home of the leader with a new coach and without the top scorer Tiquinho.
There are certain goals that only happen in Botafogo, scored by the grandsons of Botafogo native Paulo Mendes Campos, to whom the phrase “things” instead of a goal is attributed.
Then came the turnaround in the second half.
Starting with the fact that Inter’s goalkeeper, the Uruguayan Rochet, had performed two miracles in the first half and took the tie between the legs. Between the legs! As only happens with Botafogo.
From there it was a jump and to the 3 to 1 another, from the team whose star is increasingly lonely at the top of the championship and who march gloriously to win their second Brasileirão, 28 years after having won the first, full of controversies, something that passes off the campaign in 2023.
Not even the toughest rivals of Botafogo, be they red-black, tricolor or cruzmaltino, have the courage to say that the championship is tarnished. It’s just alvinegro.
Because certain things only happen with Botafogo.
SAUDITON IN THE BAND
It had to be the Band of the Lebanese Saad, in addition to the Goat channel, on YouTube, the holder of the broadcasting rights of the Saudi Arabian Championship.
Mohammed bin Salman, the dictator that Jair Bolsonaro, according to himself, considers an “almost brother”, does not spend just by giving corrupt people jewelry that already reach almost 20 million reais, but to wash the country’s image.
And as much as the local championship can be considered as one of veterans, certainly clubs like Al-Nassr, by Cristiano Ronaldo and Mané, or Al-Hilal, by Koulibaly, Michael and Malcon, and also Al-Ahli, by Mendy , Mahrez and Firmino, will be toughening the lives of many traditional people in the Club World Cup.
With Neymar in the parade for Al-Hilal, then, the Saudi will be even more attractive, although it is predictable that he will spend more time in Brazil recovering from injuries, now that he seems to have given up once and for all the dispute for being number 1.
Rich poor boy. One day he will discover that fortune is not just synonymous with money, received legally or illegally.
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