Palmeiras poised for Ponte

April 21, 2008 at 00:54 Leave a comment

Palmeiras will join Ponte Preta in the finals of the Campeonato Paulista after a 2×0 win over São Paulo on Sunday.

2×1 down from the first leg, Palmeiras had it all to do in the Palestra Itália but goals from Léo Lima and Valdívia were enough to turf São Paulo out of the competition.

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While there was relatively trouble between the fans in and around the stadium, the game was affected by two incidents.

São Paulo were unable to use their changing room at half-time after an apparent pepper gas attack. The situation was still under investigation on Monday and although São Paulo have released a video of the incident, there is no conclusive evidence of what caused the problem and of any possible perpetrators.

The match was also delayed by a floodlight failure immediately after Palmeiras’ second goal. The lights went out 40 minutes into the second-half but the game resumed 16 minutes later.

As expected, the incidents have dominated the football media in São Paulo. But the TJD (the sport tribunal of São Paulo) are still investigating and have yet to make an official statement on the matter. Palmeiras now run the risk of being unable to play the second leg of the Paulista finals in their stadium. There may also be repercussions for the Campeonato Brasileiro that kicks off May 10th.

 

The contrast between the two finalists could not be much greater.

Palmeiras are one of the most successful clubs in Brazil but they have not won the trophy since 1996 when they were led by current coach, Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

Ponte have never won the Paulista – in fact they have never won any tournament in almost 108 years of existence.

While Palmeiras have invested more than any other club in Brazil this year, Ponte have had to make do on low-budget signings and youth products.

The Palestra Itália outfit are massive favourites to lift the title. But underdogs Ponte have had a great season and there is always a chance that it may get even better.

The venues for the finals will be announced on Monday. Ponte are keen to play the first leg at home in the estádio Moisés Lucarelli. The tiny stadium holds around 15,000. So, it is possible that the Paulista Football Federation (FPF) may order both games to be played in São Paulo’s Morumbi.

 

 

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The man who came up with: Messi carrying Argentina. Neymar carrying Brazil. British Airways carrying England. My name is Jon Cotterill. I am an English football commentator for TV Globo in São Paulo, Brazil. Currently we're broadcasting two live Campeonato Brasileiro or Campeonato Paulista games per week plus our magazine show, Footbrazil to 180 countries. + Eu trabalho como narrador na TV Globo em São Paulo, Brasil. Atualmente, nos transmitimos dois jogos ao vivo do Campeonato Brasileiro ou Campeonato Paulista por semana e nosso programa de futebol semanal, Footbrazil.

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