Yes, Abel Ferreira had a plan.
Deliver the game in La Paz and exterminate Agua Santa in the green house.
So it was planned and so it was done.
Anyone who watched last Friday’s Posse de Bola (7) heard the prediction that Palmeiras would quickly score the goals they needed and others as they saw fit.
Well, Gabriel Menino took the rebound from a free-kick taken by himself to make it 1-0, in the 15th minute – and it had even taken a while for the first goal to come out.
Twelve minutes later, Alviverde’s 25th state title was secured when Dudu, who had not had a good season, made the best play of 2023 in São Paulo, when he back-heeled the defender of Água Branca, whose name we do not mention because the boy has a family , and pass to Menino to enlarge: 2 to 0.
The boy Endrick was anxious to also score another goal and he scored at 37, when he caught a rebound from the goalkeeper in Rony’s shot. A party!
Now let Bolivar take care because that deceitful 3-1 score will turn into another massacre on June 29, in the final round of the Libertadores group stage.
Ah, yes, there was still the second half, used by Palmeiras to rest already thinking about the tough schedule ahead.
Not really, when the reserves started to come in, Verdão stopped scoring, with Flaco López scoring 4-0, at 27 minutes, in training rhythm.
Palmeiras repeated the score and comeback over São Paulo last year with the same ease as then.
With more than 41,400 fans, the attendance record for the Palmeiras stadium was broken.
Now, seriously: did anyone think that the second championship in a row would escape?
And the state championship, finally, ended, dragging on as it started.
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