Winning Without Convincing
Gabriel celebrates his goal against Figueirense
That was the general theme in the past three games. Yes, three. I was extremely busy for the past week, so this, the first three game recap, is the result. Let’s go.
Copa do Brasil 2nd Round: Princesa do Solimões 1x2 Santos (1st leg)
When Santos raced into a two goal lead with ten minutes on the clock, one could have been forgiven for expecting the need for a second leg to be lost in the deluge of goals that would follow. Predictably, however, Santos took their foot off the gas, and the home side grabbed a goal to push back the tie’s conclusion by a week.
Here are the highlights.
Point of Note: The game marked the first full game for Lucas Lima. He did pretty well.
Campeonato Brasiliero Matchday 4: Figueirense 0x2 Santos
For this Santos side, it would be madness to boldly predict a result, even in an away game against the league’s worst team. However, the encounter did progress in reality as it would have on paper. Santos won quite comfortable without playing particularly well, and thus picked up the club’s first win of the new season.
Here are the particulars and the highlights.
Point of Note: Zé Carlos came on for the injured Emerson at the half to make what I think was his first team debut. He did pretty well.
Copa do Brasil 2nd Round: Santos 4x2 Princesa do Solimões (2nd leg)
The first half was the first leg compressed in half. Again Santos raced out into a two goal led before easing up and giving their opponents from Amazonia some breathing space which they converted into a goal.
The second period wasn’t much different, but Santos came through with another two goals against Princesa do Solimões’ one. 4x2 was how the game ended, and Santos advanced 6x2 on aggregate to setup a meeting with Londrina in the next round.
Here are the highlights.
Point of Note: Gabriel was the standout player of the game.
Santos’ next game is at the Vila Belmiro against reigning Copa Libertadores champions Atlético Mineiro. However, O Galo are far off the form that saw them claim that trophy. They currently lie two points below Santos in the table with a single notch in the victory column.
There are a host of missing faces from the squad available to Oswaldo de Oliveira. Alison, Paulo Ricardo, and Jubal are on international duty with the Brazilian U20 team , Cicinho is suspended, and the rest are injured. On the other hand, Cicero, David Braz, and Alan Santos are back from knocks while new signing Renato (more on this later) will be available for selection.
This is a very winnable game. Which Santos will show up though?
(I) The biggest news was the rumor that Atlético Madrid wanted to buy Leandro Damião for 13 million Euros. The joyous cries fo Santos fans were silenced when he promptly picked up an injury expected to keep him out for two months. Bastard.
(II) Bruno Peres is on his way to Torino for R$6 million, R$4.7 million of which will go to Santos. He will not be missed.
(III) Renato is back at Santos after his move from Botafogo came through. The Santos legend will use the no.35 shirt.
(IV) Lance! reported that Santos are interested in selling Eugenio Mena after the World Cup.
(V) One time bright jewel Victor Andrade has been demoted to the U20 team from the professional squad.