the attacker Pablo disenchanted and scored two goals in the 4-0 rout of athletic against Tocantinópolis, for the Brazilian Cup. The player felt relief when he scored the net after a 17-day fast, with a missed penalty in Libertadores.
Pablo hasn’t scored since April 20, precisely against Tocantinópolis, in the 5-2 rout, in the first leg. He also hadn’t been on the field since April 26.
The last game had taken place against Libertad, for Libertadores, in Paraguay. At the time, Hurricane lost 1-0, had a penalty in favor, and Pablo stopped the goalkeeper. The defeat was consummated.
I spent two sleepless nights after that missed penalty in Libertadores. It was inside me and I let it go.
— Pablo, in a press conference
After this confrontation, the athlete became a substitute for teammate Marcelo Cirino. Pablo was not used against América-MG and Ceará, in addition to being absent against The Strongest for testing positive for Covid-19.
Against Tocantinópolis, the striker gained a new opportunity. Cirino was absent due to a thigh injury, and he took the spot in the attack, in the debut of coach Felipão.
The player even missed an unbelievable goal in the small area, but he redeemed himself soon after. At the end of the first half, he took advantage of a mistake in the ball out, fixed it and kicked low to score.
At the celebration, Pablo made the traditional gesture to get the “zica out of the body”. In the second stage, Marlos gave a good pass to Khellven, who crossed in the measure for the forward to head into the net.
I am really happy. I received many messages of support. It helps us a lot, for sure. Felipão is a coach who hugs you, gives you affection, has a story that we don’t even need to talk about how beautiful it is.
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In addition to Cirino, Pablo will now have competition from Matheus Babi. The striker returned from a knee injury, suffered in July 2021, and came on during the second half.
For Hurricane, the new option for the offensive system has four goals and one assist in 24 games. Pablo has four goals in 13 matches this season.
– This is very good, given the number of games we have in the season. I’m very happy for Babi’s return. Seeing him play is a source of joy for me and all my teammates. Level up. Having players like these is fundamental – he added.
Pablo celebrates Athletico’s goal against Tocantinópolis – Photo: Fabio Wosniak/Athletico
THE athletic return to the field against Fluminense on Saturday, at 9 pm, at Raulino de Oliveira, for the sixth round of the Brasileirão. The team has six points and occupies the 12th place.
Subsequently, the Drilling receives the freed in a key game to continue with chances in the Libertadores with two rounds to go in the group stage. The Paraguayan team is the leader of group B, with seven points, while the Brazilian team is the lantern, with four – Caracas and The Strongest have five points.