Atlético-MG fans return home with another defeat at Mineirão for the Brazilian. But he had a performance in the stands that deserves a separate chapter in the duel with Palmeiras this Wednesday. There were 28,466 total public, and almost five minutes of stoppage by flags.
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Atlético-MG fans light flares, and referee interrupts match
The party is beautiful, but forbidden. The red dots lit up in the second half forced referee Marcelo de Lima Henrique to interrupt the match. Palmeiras was already winning by 1 to 0, Murilo’s goal after a table between Scarpa and Marcos Rocha. It didn’t look like a protest, but an incentive for the players to try the comeback.
Atlético fans with lit flares against Palmeiras — Photo: Globo
Hulk even asked for the flares to be turned off. He was not attended to. The lights went out much later. The crowd screamed again, seeing that a new defeat was being built in front of them, and that it seemed to depend on them to push a mentally fragile team, which even had a high level first half.
“At that moment of the flares, it gave me goosebumps. It was time to get the team, go upstairs. And we couldn’t. We need to turn on that light, that energy, starting on Saturday.” (cuca)
It is true that bad luck walked side by side with Galo in the initial stage. Two balls on the post, a Hulk inspired by the field – but again nervous against the referee -, Keno missing in the face. What seemed like a new horizon did not hold in the second half.
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With heavy rain at Mineirão, Ademir in Dodô’s place in the second half, Mariano injured and in sacrifice (he even delivered a goal badly disallowed from Palmeiras), the fans saw their hopes fading. In the final stretch, some isolated boos were directed towards Nathan Silva and Nacho, when they had the ball at their feet.
The game had nine minutes of final stoppage time, precisely because of the signals. When the closing whistle came, the area behind Palmeiras’ goal shouted boos and curses at the players. A scenario that needs to end for the Rooster to have an end of Brazilian less in crisis. Next Saturday, it’s Fluminense again at Mineirão, and a six-game fast without winning at home.
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Galo na Veia – Atlético-MG Membership Program — Photo: Disclosure