Ceará scored the winning goal and Leão da Vila Municipal broke the streak of four consecutive draws
Manaus (AM) – Nacional got the better of Rio-Nal. Leão da Vila Municipal beat Rio Negro 1-0, this Tuesday (6), at the Ismael Benigno stadium, Colina, and put an end to a sequence of four consecutive draws at Barezão 2024. The result guaranteed classification for the quarterfinals of the first round of the State Championship. Ceará, still in the first stage, scored the goal of Azul’s first victory in the current season.
With the victory, Nacional reached seven points, and now defeats its rivals to close the group stage in second place in group B. Having qualified, Leão now awaits the definition of its opponent in the quarter-finals of this first round. Rio Negro is eliminated, with two points, at the bottom of group A and will now have to wait for the start of the second round, in March.
At the end of the duel, striker Igor Quadrado, from Nacional, who has played as a winger, was elected “Caboco do Jogo”, an award offered by the Amazon Football Federation (FAF) to the best player of the match, through votes from three press professionals present at the match.
With the teams looking for their first victory in the competition, the first goal chance came in the first minute of the game. Ivanzinho passed it to Denilson, who on the right side of the area, left the mark behind and sent it towards the goal, but Nikael Fernandes made the save. With more possession of the ball, Nacional continued to press in search of the first goal.
However, Rio Negro responded and almost opened the scoring after seven minutes. Wilha advanced to the right and rolled to Ximenes, who crossed the ball, dangerously, out. Leão responded in the 36th minute, when William Salvino received a ball from the right, threw a ball at the marker and rolled it to Rogério, who was free inside the area, caught the ball very low and sent it over the goal.
And at 45 minutes, another clear chance was wasted by Naça. Denilson advanced quickly down the right and crossed at the second post, where Rogério dominated and passed it to Ceará, who finished, but the defense blocked it and on the rebound, Salvino shot wide.
And after insisting so much, at 48, the Azulina team finally opened the score. Igor Pupinksi received a ball on the right and crossed for Ceará, who headed the ball into the back of the goal at the second post.
After the break, Leão continued on top and reached just two minutes into the game. After a play by Denilson on the right, Rogério blocked the lights, Salvino dominated inside the area, finished with a deflection and the ball went out. At 16, it was Salvino’s turn on the left side of the area, cutting to the middle and finishing over Fernandes’ goal.
In the 28th minute, Salvino recovered the ball on the left, invaded the area and sent it towards the goal and the Galo goalkeeper made the save, on the rebound, Denilson sent it out, but it was already offside. Already at 48, a rare arrival from Rio Negro. Gabriel Marreta received it on the left, dragged it to the middle and finished from the outside, but João Vitor made the save.
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