Valdivia ends Corinthians run

March 2, 2008 at 23:38 Leave a comment

valdivia-cry.jpgA goal by former Chile international, Valdivia, was enough to earn Palmeiras maximum points against Corinthians in the São Paulo derby on Sunday. 

The midfielder struck in the 30th minute of the second half after Corinthians stand-in keeper Julio César failed to hold Kléber’s shot. Valdivia celebrated by pretending to cry – a dig at Corinthians defender William who earlier in the week had said he was going to make the Chilean weep (presumably by beating Palmerias). 

Corinthians had not lost in ten outings though half of these games ended in draws.   

Coach Mano Menezes has made no secret of the fact that his team is set up to defend. The majority of the fifteen new faces brought in by the club this season are defensive-minded players and the side showed its limitations after they conceded.

The lack of creativity in the squad as a whole is now more apparent than ever as Meneze’s had no one on the bench that could have made a difference.  

With only twelve goals bagged, Corinthians have the worst attack in the top nine and it was no surprise that Marcos was never truly troubled in the Palmeiras goal.   


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