Ponte book place in the Paulista finals

April 19, 2008 at 22:04 3 comments

Ponte Preta became the first side in the finals of the Campeonato Paulista after a dramatic 2×1 win away at Guaratinguetá.

The team from Campinas already had a one goal advantage from the first leg and a draw in the estádio Dário Leite would have been enough for Sérgio Guede’s men.

But when Nenê struck for Guaratinguetá, the home side were back in the driving seat.

Moments later Luís Ricardo equalised and the game swung back to Ponte. 

Guaratinguetá though had a golden chance to go back in front when Alessandro dived in the area. But former Ponte player, Michael, had his shot stopped by Aranha, who was once again the man of the match.

The second-half started brightly for Ponte until Eduardo Arroz was silly enough to pick up two quick yellows.

But in a brave move, coach Sérgio Guedes took off midfielder, Renato, and brought on teenage forward, Wanderley (photo).

With just about his first touch, the 19 year old received the ball inside the area and fired home to ensure Ponte would be in the finals.

Ponte have made it to the final phase on three occasions in their 107 year history but lost all of them.

See the best moments of this terrific match here.

Ponte’s opponents will be either Palmeiras or São Paulo who meet in the estádio Palestra Itália on Sunday.





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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dylan  |  April 21, 2008 at 12:25

    Amazing game — far more entertaining than the agonizing, goalless Barcelona game I watched right before it.

    Palmeiras might be playing the best football in the Paulista league this year, but I’m rooting for a fairy-tale upset for Ponte. Da-lhe Macaca =)

  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  April 21, 2008 at 17:30

    many people are saying that the Guará vs Ponte match was the best the Paulista has produced this season – i couldn’t agree more!

    where did you see the game? on the net?

  • 3. dylan  |  April 21, 2008 at 21:46

    I saw it at Nevada Smiths in NYC — they have PFC and Globo Internacional, which means I can watch a surprising number of live games. I’ll even be able to watch my Timão as we slog our way through the Série B.

    (The biggest omission in their coverage is the Copa do Brasil. PFC doesn’t show it at all, and Globo Intl shows just one delayed game in the 10pm Wednesday slot. Hopefully that’ll change in the later rounds.)


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