Endrick returned to Palmeiras’ starting XI after not appearing in the starting XI for more than a month. However, this was not the solution for the Real Madrid-signed striker to rediscover his goal. The 17-year-old footballer has not scored since scoring against Athletico Paranaense on July 2nd. In front of him this time he had Luis Suárez, an attacker twice his age, who made a decisive contribution to the game. The Uruguayan, who had scored three goals in the previous four games, failed to score away but provided the assist for Joao Pedro, who scored the only goal of the game.
Palmeira’s lack of penetration ultimately condemned the team led by Abel Ferreira, and the Portuguese coach recognized this: “What can I tell you, today was the day the ball didn’t come in. We created enough space to leave here with another result, we did everything and I think in the first ten minutes we were far from the goals we had set for ourselves, but from then on the game was all over us with us. We didn’t win because we weren’t effective. Congratulations to Gremio for being effective and winning the game.”
These first ten minutes, to which Abel Ferreira alluded, Grêmio took advantage of to unbalance the game thanks to the combination between Luis Suárez and Joao Pedro, which he defined perfectly after receiving the ball from the Uruguayan.
With this pass, Luis Suárez now has 12 assists since signing with Gremio, six of them in Serie A, where no one has provided more assists than him. He is the top scorer for the Porto Alegre team, with whom he has scored 19 goals since signing in January, seven of them in the current Brazilian championship. Endrick has scored four goals in the 18 games he has played in Serie A, although his involvement in many minutes has only been anecdotal.
This defeat gives Palmeira leaders Botafogo the opportunity to extend their lead in the table to 10 points. However, according to Abel Ferreira, this setback should have no impact on the team when they visit Boca next week in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-final. “It depends on what you want to see. Do you look at the opportunities we have created or the areas where we have failed? When we look at what we create, I want to create as much as we create today. We cannot fail so much because of our performance, our rival could have scored another goal in a substitution and we could not have scored,” argued Abel.
“It wasn’t due to a lack of volume, lack of intensity, the ball hit the post and didn’t want to go in. Among other things, we had a transition from Rony, the volume was too loud to be ineffective. There were 18 shots, but football is about efficiency and in that sense our rival was better. “He shot half as many times as we did and won the game,” he said.
Bruno Uvini (34′, Rodrigo Ely), Everton (45′, Franco Cristaldo), Ferreira (45′, Nathan), Ron (64′, Endrick), Kevin (64′, Arthur), Richard Rios (73′, Gabriel Menino), Breno Lopes (80′, Ze Rafael), Ronald Falkoski (88′, Luis Suárez)
Referee: Bruno Arleu de Araujo
VAR referees: Igor Junio Benevenuto, Frederico Soares Vilarinho
Rodrigo Ely (33′, yellow) Marcos Rocha (47′, yellow) Joao Pedro (50′, yellow) Mathias Villasanti (58′, yellow) Mayke (62′, yellow) Gabriel Menino (71′, yellow) Mathias Villasanti (85′, Roja) Gabriel Grando (98′, yellow)
Classification PT PJ PG PE PP
Classification PT PJ PG PE PP