The scoreboard could be much more elastic. But Grêmio’s 3-0 victory over Ferroviário, from Ceará, on the night of this Thursday (16), guaranteed Renato Portaluppi’s team in the third phase of the Copa do Brasil. The triumph over the team from Ceará marked the 20th game of unbeaten record, equaling the mark reached by the team commanded by Tite in 2001. The opponent in the next phase will be known in a draw on the 28th of this month.
Technically superior, the first clear goal chance was for the home team. At the sixth minute, Cristaldo launched Vina through the middle, who tapped twice until goalkeeper Douglas Dias saved it. Even inferior, the team from Ceará found space behind the right-back Fábio, something that has been repeated in recent games. At 11, Erick Pulga received it in the area, played underneath Adriel looking for Deysinho, but Bruno Alves arrived first to ward off the danger.
At 15, Tricolor had an even clearer chance to clear the scoreboard. After corner kick, Pepê headed and the ball hit Vinícius Paulista’s biceps. Penalty and chance for Luis Suárez to score. After a lot of complaints from the Ferroviário players, Luisito charged and goalkeeper Douglas Dias hit the left corner, underneath, and defended. On the rebound, the Uruguayan lost again.
After wasting the penalty, Grêmio piled up chances. Reinaldo and Suárez almost scored with shots that went very close. At 31 minutes, Cristaldo rolled to Bitello, who hit hard for the goalkeeper’s defense. Three minutes later, Fábio countered with Vina and crossed low for Luisito to hit first, weakly, facilitating Douglas’s defense.
In the final minutes, two more missed chances. At 41, Cristaldo hit the area and hit the crossbar. In the sequence, Suárez stopped again at Douglas Dias. However, in stoppage time, at 47 minutes, Cristaldo took a free kick and Bruno Alves went up to touch the back of the net with his head and the goal cry finally exploded in the Arena.
Grêmio returned to the second half controlling the actions, without being threatened and the second goal was a matter of time. And, in the tenth minute, after Lincoln’s failure, Suárez kept the ball and kicked it into the corner to expand. IN celebration, the Uruguayan raged for the previously missed chances. At 16 minutes, in a quick counterattack, Ferrão almost scored, but Deysinho finished out.
Since the team from Ceará did not score, at 28 minutes, Grêmio turned the result into a rout: Bitello launched Cristaldo who advanced at speed, invaded the area on the left and hit. Douglas Dias flattened and Ferreirinha, on the rebound, hit hard to score the third. At 34, Ferrão missed the chance to score once again. Ciel served Pulga, who knocked him out. The following minutes saw two more chances missed by Ferreirinha and waiting for the final whistle.
Guild 3 Adriel; Fábio (Thaciano), Bruno Alves, Kannemann and Reinaldo; Carballo and Pepê (Villasanti), Bitello, Cristaldo (Zinho) and Vina (Ferreira); Luis Suarez (Diego Souza). Technician: Renato Portaluppi.
rail 0 Douglas Dias; Rodrigo Negueba (Fabão), Roni, Éder Lima and Mattheus Silva; Lincoln, Felipe Guedes, Vinicius Paulista (Thalison) and Deysinho (Kiuan); Erick Pulga (Thiaguinho) and Ciel. Technician: Paulinho Kobayashi.
Referee: Bruno Arleu de Araújo (RJ/FIFA).