Palmeiras beats Novorizontino and goes to the Paulista final – 03/28/2024 – Sports

Palmeiras beats Novorizontino and goes to the Paulista final – 03/28/2024 – Sports


Palmeiras beat Novorizontino 1-0 on Thursday night (28), at Allianz Parque. The goal was from Endrick. With the result, Abel Ferreira’s team qualified for the decision of the Campeonato Paulista, which will be played against Santos.

It is the fifth consecutive time that the club from the capital has gone to the Paulista decision. He also arrived in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. He was just not champion in 2021, when he lost to São Paulo. Of the four victories, three were under Abel’s command — in the other, in 2020, the coach was Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

Palmeiras is now looking for a third championship, as they won the 2022 and 2023 editions. The only time the team won three Paulistas in a row was 90 years ago, in the three-year period 1932, 1933 and 1934.

The team from the interior, led by Eduardo Baptista — who coached Palmeiras in 2017 — was superior in the first half and had chances to open the scoring with Rômulo, who will play exactly for the capital team after the end of Paulista; Inside the area, he shot out, and with Neto Pessoa, who headed for a good save by Weverton. The team from the capital didn’t have many chances in the first stage. In the most dangerous shot, Raphael Veiga shot weakly past goalkeeper Jordi.

But Palmeiras improved in the second half and scored after just eight minutes. Mayke crossed from the right, Flaco López headed in and Endrick, with his left foot, opened the scoring. The goal shook the interior team, and Palmeiras had other chances soon after, such as one with Flaco López, who shot across the field, and in a shot from outside the area by Aníbal Moreno, saved by Jordi. Eduardo Baptista’s team, in turn, even tried to attack in the last minutes, but were unable to create clear scoring chances as they had done in the first half.

Novorizontino says goodbye to the competition with a great campaign. They beat Corinthians (3-1) and Santos (2-1) away from home, in the qualifying phase, and eliminated São Paulo, at Morumbi, on penalties, in the quarter-finals. Also in the first phase, they drew Palmeiras, 1-1, in their debut. The club’s focus will now be Series B of the Brazilian Championship.

The team from the interior was trying this Thursday to reach Paulista’s decision 34 years after the ‘country final’, played between the club and Bragantino, which won the title. Nelsinho Baptista, Eduardo Baptista’s father, was the coach; the one from the Bragança Paulista team was Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

The final, between Palmeiras and Santos, will be played in two matches. The first is this Sunday (31), in Vila Belmiro; the second, on the following Sunday (7), at Allianz Parque.


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