The goalless draw with Deportivo Cali may have had a bitter taste for Corinthians, who created countless chances to score and squandered them, but made the club reach a milestone that had not been reached for over a year. With the 0-0 of last Wednesday, Timão managed to complete three games without being leaked.
Before, the team led by Vítor Pereira had already passed unscathed in the victories over Boca Juniors (2-0) and Fortaleza (1-0).
The last time this had happened was in April of last year, when Vagner Mancini was still the coach. At the time, Corinthians did not concede goals in the duels against Ituano, River Plate-PAR and Santos, in games in Paulistão and Copa Sudamericana.
In addition to the result of collective defensive work, the mark was reached in part thanks to goalkeeper Cássio, who saved a penalty in the second half of the match against Deportivo Cali:
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Cássio, goalkeeper of Corinthians, celebrates a penalty save against Deportivo Cali – Photo: Staff Images / CONMEBOL
– I tried to wait as long as possible, I saw some penalties. Marcelo (Carpes, goalkeeper coach), Ivan and Donelli always help me in this regard. We saw the penalties, he could hit both sides. I tried to wait as long as possible and react to the kick. Thank God, I was happy and managed to help my team not to concede a goal at that moment – declared the shirt 12, to ESPN, after the game.
Cássio was not present in the last confrontation in which Corinthians was leaked, against Palmeiras, on the 23rd, when the team lost 3-0. On that occasion, he was on the bench due to a strong flu and ended up being replaced by Matheus Donelli.
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Before, the goalkeeper had not conceded goals in the duels against Avaí and against the same Deportivo Cali, in Itaquera. Thus, shirt 12 reached five games without being leaked, something that has not happened since 2020.
The good defensive moment alvinegro happens in the midst of a constant change of players in the sector. Since the fall in the semifinal of Paulistão, to rival São Paulo, coach Vítor Pereira moved the defense line in every game, changing defenders or sides.
The rotation should continue on Sunday, when Corinthians, leader of the Brasileirão, face Bragantino, in second place, away from home. For this game, the tendency is for Rafael Ramos to return to the right side, in Fagner’s place, and Gil can reappear in the defense.
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