Ceni’s team struggled to break the rise of Brazilian lamps, but relied on Rinaldo to leave Caxias with all three points.
After two games without a win in Brazil, Sao Paulo won again by beating Juventus 2 x 1 on Sunday in the matchday 33 match. Rogerio Ceni’s team struggled to break through the back of the lantern of the championship, but Sao Paulo’s top scorer Rinaldo shone to leave Caxias Do Sol with all three points. Capixaba balances the nets for the owners. The gaucho reached match 14 without winning and should not avoid falling to Series B.
With this victory, Sao Paulo reaches 47 points and climbs to eighth place and enters the fight for a place in the Libertadores 2023.29 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. With Rio de Janeiro winning the Brazilian Cup and both teams in the top six, the Group of Six will automatically become the Group of Eight. The São Paulo tricolor returns to the field on Thursday, when it faces Atlético-Go in Morumbi, at 7:00 p.m.
As expected, Sao Paulo began to take the lead in the match. Going back to play with three defenders, as happened in the tie with Palmeiras, the São Paulo team placed almost all of their line players in the opposite field, mainly looking for space on the wings, with Moreira and Rinaldo. However, the team led by Ceni had a hard time breaking through the crowded defense of Juventud. The first good chance came in the 15th minute, with a dangerous header from Calleri after Rafinha had been dismissed.
The match followed the pattern of the opening minutes for most of the initial stage. Needing a win to avoid the imminent fall of the second, Juventud tried to get out of the pressure of the three colors, escape quickly to the right, explore the irruption of Rinaldo and Luisao, and long shots by Paraguay Isidro Beta, but without success. . . Without being able to break the rise of the Jaconera, São Paulo began to bet on aerial balls. At thirty-five, Moreira went to baseline and crossed. The ball traveled the entire area and found Rinaldo, who finished off with a fish at the bottom of the net.
São Paulo’s joy was short-lived. Three minutes after the tricolor goal, the São Paulo defender took off badly and found Elton Capixaba free, in a legal position, in the penalty area. Striker Felipe Alves struck and left everything intact for Alfredo Gaccone. Before the end of the first half, Bustos, who replaced the suspended Luciano, hit a fine ball from a corner kick, but the ball crossed the baseline.
At the turn of the second half, Cini put Gallobo in place of Moreira to try to improve creativity in midfield. The game resumed with São Paulo attacking again and leaving Juventud quickly on the counterattack, but with a more aggressive pace. In less than five minutes, Luisao shot outside the area and forced Bigorari to make a great save. The locals responded with striker Rafinha who won the duel against Leo and hit Felipe Alves in the corner who jumped to save the tricolor homeland.
With both teams abusing passing fouls, Sao Paulo’s solution came with a dead ball. After a corner kick, Rinaldo takes advantage of the leftover at the entrance to the area and finishes off with his foot. The ball continued to spin around the Juventud defense before hitting Jaconero’s goal in the 9th minute. The pace of the game slowed down after the goal, and the scene was once again similar to that of the first half, without much emotion, since Sene’s men exchanged passes in search of space, and the hosts bet on the attack.
With the team from São Paulo visibly tired, what was seen in the rest of the second half was a very calm match, without danger for either of them. Ceni tried to reinforce the team with Marcos Guilherme and Igor Gómez, and before the final whistle, Gallobo hit a beautiful aerial shot, which Bigorari defended.