Athletico played its role at home and beat the Youth 2-0, on Saturday, at Arena da Baixada, for the 29th round, and ended a three-game fast in the Brazilian Championship. Hurricane still kept the distance of four points inside the G-6.
The Atlético team came from a defeat and two draws in Serie A and faced the lantern in a favorable scenario to recover. Naturally, without forcing, Athletico built the score with goals from Vitinho and Fernandinho, one at a time.
The triumph also reinforced the great undefeated streak within their domains. Now, for the Brasileirão, Hurricane has eight wins and five draws in 13 games.
The only red-black defeat as home team in the competition was to Atlético-MG, on April 17, five and a half months ago.
A little improvement, delivery, tactical discipline. Maybe the first step to recover our style. Opportunities are being given, grab whoever you want.
— Felipão, in a press conference
Athletico vs Juventude — Photo: José Tramontin/Athletico
In the opening 45 minutes of few emotions, Athletico had possession of the ball, but could not find spaces in the Youth defense. Terans even came to get the game on the way out, but he also didn’t bring the necessary creativity – although Fernandinho controlled the middle well.
The way out, therefore, was the individual move. Orejuela took a lateral shot, Vitor Roque turned in the marking and crossed low for Vitinho to shore up the nets in the small area. In advantage, the Hurricane didn’t force and followed uninspired offensively.
The most dangerous finish came from Terans, with a kick from outside the area that Pegorari spread. Juve only scared once in Guilherme Parede’s cross strike out.
At the return of the break, Athletico continued to control the score. Terans, from foul, sent over Pegorari. Then, on the counterattack, Erick hit low near the post.
Gradually, the Hurricane arrived more easily and increased the score with Fernandinho, who counted on the opponent’s deflection to deceive the goalkeeper. Christian still forced Pegorari to make another good save to avoid a more elastic result.
Inoffensive, Juventude appeared in Bento’s goal at the end, in a cross kick by Chico that he saved. Cuello, in an individual play, still took paint off the beam in the last move of the match.
Just because we won doesn’t mean it’s all over. We played football that is no longer charming, but that was what worked. Our football is not about touch, it is vertical and dynamic.
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O athletic return to the field against Strength on Wednesday, at 7:30 pm, at Arena da Baixada, for the 30th round.