Botafogo’s first experience in Europe, under the management of John Textor, ended this Saturday with a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace. In the game played at the Selhurst Park stadium, the Rio team was pressured by the local team for almost 90 minutes, but managed to hold the result. With the highlight for goalkeeper Lucas Perri, who saved a penalty kick, still in the first half. Like Botafogo, Crystal Palace also belongs to the American John Textor and is in 11th place in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace dominated the first half and lost good chances to go into the break in front, largely due to the brilliant performance of goalkeeper Lucas Perri. After ten minutes 10 minutes, the archer left at Edouard’s feet to save the goal. At 24, he appeared again when he defended a cross kick from Olise.
At 35 minutes the English team had its great opportunity in the initial stage. Adryelson brought down Zaha in the penalty area and English referee Andre Marriner had no qualms about awarding the penalty. The striker himself tapped, but Perri made a great save.
In the second half, the picture changed little, with Crystal Palace continuing to press. At 16 minutes Gordon took advantage of a good corner kick to head perfectly, but was prevented by the goalkeeper.
Botafogo gave the English a big scare at 20. After Marçal’s cross, Júnior Santos dominated, got rid of the defender and shot over the goal, with a lot of danger. At 25 minutes it was Adryelson’s turn to save in the small area, when Mateta was ready to push to the bottom of the net. Three minutes later, Cuesta saved the shot from the same player.
In the final minutes, Crystal Palace tried to advance their scoring line even further. Botafogo, on the other hand, tried to escape at the speed of names like Júnior Santos and Luís Henrique, but failed in the last pass. Thus, the game ended in the same 0 to 0.
Botafogo started the confrontation with the following lineup: Lucas Perri, Rafael, Adryelson, Victor Cuesta and Marçal; Tchê Tchê, Gabriel Pires and Lucas Fernandes; Gustavo Sauer, Jeffinho and Tiquinho Soares. During the match, Patrick de Paula, Júnior Santos, Jacob Montes, Luís Henrique and Víctor Sá entered.
In addition to the friendly against Crystal Palace, in the week that Botafogo spent in London, the team led by Luiz Castro played a training game against Charlton Athletic, from the English third division, and won by 4 to 2.
Now, the Botafogo delegation returns to Rio de Janeiro on Sunday and the players go on vacation on Monday. The re-presentation will be on January 5, when the preparation for the Carioca Championship begins. The debut will be against Audax, on January 14, when Glorioso will use the B team.