The leader's victory over Gremio and his representative ties with Bahia leaving the Brazilian title, practically, passed on to the next round – already debated by Flamengo. At this point, with 68 points added, Palmeiras was closer to being overtaken by Santos than reaching first place. 19 wins, 11 draws and three defeats gave Alviverde recognition for the second best campaign placed in Brazil with 20 clubs. Coach Mano Menezes talks about the use of the Paulista club in 2019.
– Sometimes football demands the small mistakes you make, and looking back is our mistake at the championship. In the draw get important points. We have the same number of defeats as Flamengo. Two points against Bahia, two points against Corinth. Some important things are missing: be decisive, enjoy the volume, reach the goal when everything is ready and only reach the goal. When you win, you perform better than your opponents, when you lose you stop doing well and the points get in the way. – analyzed.
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Bahia and Palmeiras have a balanced duel at Fonte Nova Arena. The home side, who were in dire need of victory, pushed and kept control of the match until they found the goal line with Arthur Caíke in the first half. In the second stage, the visitors showed their strength and made technical differences between the teams. Borja, on an inspired day, equalized in 25 minutes. But the results are not good for both parties.
With the draw, Bahia maintains 9th place standings, with 44 points and is still struggling to get a place at Sulamericana 2020. But Palmeiras faces a bigger headache: if they don't beat Gremio next Sunday (24), will accompany the red-black heptacamonate without any chance even to dry your opponent. And that also depends on something that will be confirmed in Libertadores next year.
The duel between Paulista and Gaucho will take place next Sunday (24), at 18:00, in São Paulo. More than 15,000 tickets have been sold for the reunion.