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Palmeiras draws on opening night in the Libertadores
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Verdão's debut took place this Wednesday (03), at 9:30 pm, in a match played against San Lorenzo at the Nuevo Gasómetro Stadium, in Buenos Aires.

This was the fifth time the teams faced each other, and the result was a 1-1 draw.

The Brazilian team left yesterday (02) afternoon and arrived in Argentine territory without any starters, demonstrating a clear strategy of maintaining focus on the final of the Campeonato Paulista, which takes place next Sunday (7). After the 1-0 defeat to Santos at Vila Belmiro, Alviverde needs at least a two-goal difference to win the trophy.


Team selected by Abel Ferreira arrives in Argentina to debut in the Libertadores (Photo: reproduction/Instagram/@palmeiras)

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Names like Endrick, Murilo and Raphael Veiga did not travel to the Argentine capital, to ensure their physical conditioning is up to date next weekend.

Team history in the Libertadores

In their last participation in the Copa Libertadores, during 2021, San Lorenzo was defeated by Santos in the final phase of the Pre-Libertadores. Although they secured the title in 2014, the club has not achieved such impressive results since then. Their most notable campaign came in 2017, when they reached the quarter-finals but did not advance.


Among Brazil's representatives, Palmeiras stands out as the team with the highest number of appearances (23), having recorded the highest volume of matches played (233), won the highest number of triumphs (132) and the highest number of clashes in the semifinals.

Abel Ferreira's team also has the most outstanding record in the history of the initial stage (2022), leading in the number of games won in a row, in victories away from home and in the longest undefeated streak (both in games as host and in games as a visitor). ). In total, there are three Libertadores cups won in 1999, 2020 and 2021.

Due to the combination of these elements and the good moment they are in, Alviverde started with positive expectations, however, facing a team with the benefit of the local factor that features Adam Bareiro, in excellent form, which raised expectations. of goals for Argentine fans.

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First half with a goal that gave San Lorenzo the lead


The first half was marked by an inattentive Palmeiras team, ill at ease, missing passes close to their own area and facilitating the path of the Argentine team's counterattack. Even though they were reserves, the Palmeirenses played below expectations in terms of marking, lost several ball disputes and were unable to generate many opportunities during the game.

With an average performance, Alviverde allowed San Lorenzo to break free and open the scoring in the 19th minute. From a corner kick, the Pope's favorite team scored the first with a goal from Jhohan Romaña.

The Argentine team took advantage in the first half and stood out in the match (Photo: reproduction/Instagram/@sanlorenzo)

Palmeiras took time to adjust, and Lomba had to intervene to prevent the second goal in the 33rd minute. Abel's team only started to press after the 36th minute, when Rony hit a bicycle kick and forced goalkeeper Altamirano to make his best save so far.


In the following minutes, Palmeiras had more control of the game, but were unable to equalize the score and went into the break at a disadvantage at 47.

Second half with reaction and goal from Palmeiras

The second half of the game was marked by a series of clear chances wasted by San Lorenzo, which culminated in the Brazilian team reacting.


Rony also wasted an incredible scoring opportunity 15 minutes into the second half, when Garcia starred in an excellent move down the right wing and then sent a cross into the box. Flaco López made a great touch to Rony, who had the goal practically free, but ended up shooting over the top.

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Furthermore, Gustavo Gómez had another important opportunity for Palmeiras. In the 27th minute, Piquerez sent a free kick towards the second post, and Gómez found himself alone in the area. However, the defender was unable to direct the header and the ball went close to Altamirano's post.

San Lorenzo came close to killing the game in the 32nd minute, when Herazo released a bomb from the edge of the area, hit the crossbar, the ball hit the line and went out.

Piquerez, with a free kick, equalized for Palmeiras at 35. From a free kick, the ball went over the barrier and found its way into the goal.


Flaco almost turned the game around for Palmeiras in the 41st minute, when he cleared the line and hit the ball, but Altamirano stretched out to make the save.

This is how the second half ended, with a satisfactory result for the Alviverde team, which dispensed with the presence of the club's most important names currently and remains focused on the dispute against Santos that will take place on the seventh day.


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