Team alviverde goes to Guayaquil to face Barcelona willing to avoid suffocation in the first phase of the continental tournament
(updated at 2:10 am)
Palmeiras ended April on a high, with victory in the derbyand starts May with the mission of not complicating your group in liberators. This Wednesday, the 3rd, at 21:30, there will be a tough challenge against Barcelona from Guayaquilin Ecuador, rival who was his tormentor in the continental tournament in 2017.
Palmeiras, as well as all three other members of Group C – Barcelona, Bolívar and Cerro Porteño – have three points after two games. Therefore, the third round will begin to draw the outcome of the key that has the alviverde team in the flashlight by the tiebreaker criteria.
Abel Ferreira’s team plays against the rival who eliminated him in the 2017 Libertadores, tasked with winning in Ecuador to take off in the tournament and not be suffocated. In the last five years, Palmeiras qualified for the knockout stage very easily, always leading their group. In 2022, it advanced with 100% success rate and as overall leader of the competition. In this edition, however, the scenario, for the time being, is different, since it debuted with a defeat against Bolívar and won the hard feathers, in the comeback, of Cerro Porteño in the next challenge.
“We have to be prepared for everything”, said Raphael Veiga, who celebrated with “chororô” à la Valdivia his decisive goal over Corinthians in last Saturday’s classic. “I already had the opportunity to go to Guayaquil, it’s a long trip and it will be a difficult game.”
After the game against the Ecuadorians, Palmeiras will have three more matches in the group stage against Cerro Porteño, on the 25th, in Paraguay, Barcelona de Guayaquil, on June 7th, at Allianz Parque and Bolívar, on June 29th, at Allianz Parque .
The team must be the same as the one that started the derby. There are no new lows, but a comeback. The defender served his suspension against Bolívar and Cerro Porteño and should finally make his debut in Libertadores 2023.
Barcelona de Guayaquil, where the 2022 Libertadores final was played, are strong in their domains, having lost just one of their last ten home games in the South American competition. That setback went to a Brazilian opponent, Flamengo, in the semifinals of the 2021 edition.
BARCELONA X PALM TREES
BARCELONA: Burrai; Velasco, Rodríguez, Sosa and Pineida; Corozo, Gaibor, Leonai and Ortiz; Diaz and Fydriszewski. Technician: Fabian Bustos.
PALM TREES: Weverton; Mayke, Gómez, Murilo and Piquerez; Zé Rafael, Gabriel Menino and Raphael Veiga; Dudu, Ron and Arthur. Technician: Abel Ferreira.
Judge: Andrés Rojas (Colombia).
Time: 21:30 (from Brasilia).
Local: Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo.
TV: Globo and Paramount+.
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