With a goal at the start of each half, Cruzeiro overturned Athletic’s lead and is in a comfortable position in the semi-finals of Campeonato Mineiro. This Tuesday (22), Raposa scored 2-0 against São João Del Rei’s team, in Mineirão, in the first game of the series. Eduardo Brock and Edu scored in the match.
With the result, Cruzeiro, who finished third in Mineiro’s first phase, might even lose on goal difference in the return duel to guarantee themselves in the decision, which they haven’t had a problem with since 2019, the last year they were state champions, then. they are still in the elite of national football. Athletic, who have an equal advantage in scoring, must win by a minimum of two goals to qualify for the final.
The two teams will face each other again next Saturday (26), at 16.30, again in Mineirão. The other Mineiro finalists will be out of the series between Caldense and Atlético. The two duels will also take place in Mineirão and are scheduled for Wednesday (23), at 16:30, and the following on Sunday (27), at 6pm.
The goal scored by Edu took him to equal the Hulk, of Atlético, in Mineiro’s top scorer, both with six. Hired before the start of the season after playing in Brusque, the striker has scored 9 goals in 11 games for Cruzeiro.
Second in the first phase of the State, Athletic have put in great form defensively, to date being the best in the competition, conceding just four goals and not a single goal in their previous four encounters. However, on Tuesday night, it leaked twice, something that hasn’t happened in the competition yet.
The goal at the start of each half decides the game
After not using their maximum strength over the weekend, in the final round of the first phase, Cruzeiro and Athletic again recorded all the holders. Even the celestial team repeated the formation that won Tuntum, on the 16th, advancing to the third phase of the Copa do Brasil. São João Del Rei’s team left, once again, centre-forward Ricardo Oliveira, their main man, on the bench, betting on attack moves.
But the one who had the perfect start in the offensive sector was Cruzeiro. In the sixth minute, missing half a month, Eduardo Brock fired a bomb from the left and hit the right corner of the Athletic goal. A goal that gives the team peace of mind by overturning the advantage that the opponent had in the previous phase.
After a tense start from Cruzeiro, the duel went down in level and emotion, as, although they played openly and the defense gave fear – especially Athletic – due to the early marking, the team also made a lot of mistakes in attack. . The match, thus, only heated up at the end of the early stages. And in the game with the participation of Eduardo Brock, who simply did not turn into a goal due to an error in the finalization. In the 34th and 41st minutes, long shots from defenders started an attack that ended with dangerous submissions from Waguininho and Vitor Roque, but both went wide.
Like in the first half, the second half scored early. And if Athletic, scored by Rafhael Lucas, were disallowed for offside confirmed by VAR, Cruzeiro was finally validated after consulting electronic sources, who made his debut in the competition this Tuesday. In the 4th minute, Fernando Canesin took the risk from far, Pedro hit the shirt and Edu, in a legal position, finished the ball with the rebound: 2 to 0 for Cruzeiro.
With a heavy loss, coach Roger made four changes at once at Athletic in the tenth minute, with the intention of making the team more offensive. But Cruzeiro remains superior. He almost scored a third in the 24th minute, with a shot from outside the box by Fernando Canesin, a key part of the evening’s attack.
Coach Paulo Pezzolano also used the last minute to give defender Wagner Leonardo a rhythm, who is on loan from Santos and who made his debut in the celestial jersey. Moreover, in a free kick, Pedro Castro, another reserve, almost scored for Cruzeiro, now closer to the Mineiro final.