Sao Paulo suffers and draws with America MG and qualifies for the Brazilian Cup semi-finals.

Sao Paulo suffers and draws with America MG and qualifies for the Brazilian Cup semi-finals.

Sao Paulo has given indications that it will be able to qualify for the Copa Brasil semi-finals in a calm manner. With Luciano’s inspiration, he opened the match 2-0 on the scoreboard before the 30th minute of the first half. But a ridiculous penalty kick from Rinaldo – turned around by Wellington Paulista – put América-MG back for the match. Miranda’s red card and Everaldo’s equalizing goal made the match exciting in the second half. In the end, a score of 2-2 on the scoreboard secured the classification of Tricolor, who will face Flamengo in the semi-finals, keeping the dream of winning the unprecedented title of the knockout tournament.

The match started when both teams showed a lot of intensity, but also it was completely cut out. As in the first leg, Luciano retracted to give the tricolor supremacy in the midfield. Igor Gomez and Rodrigo Nestor occupied the space left by the 11th jersey. The escape valve from São Paulo was Igor Vinicius, who triangulated with Gomez, Luciano and Calleri. Thus, Sao Paulo managed to keep the ball and was not under pressure from Coelho.

The supremacy was crowned in the 23rd minute, when Igor Gomez and Nestor again appeared in the area. Send Nestor Luciano, who fired a beautiful shot from the corner of Mateus Cavicoli, and opened the scoring. In the 28th minute, after a simple kick from the defense to attack, Calleri pinned his heels, dribbled Luciano Iago Maidana and hit dry, with no chance for Cavicioli.

Minas Gerais managed to meet only in the last part of the first half. He took advantage of Rinaldo’s hesitation, who climbed into the area with open arms. After the VAR check, Braulio da Silva Machado scored a penalty kick, which Wellington Paulista converted and reduced the score to 2-1.

América-MG is back with midfielder Matheusinho in place of Iago Maidana, to bring more offensive quality to the squad. The pressure paid off. Miranda received a second yellow card and was sent off. Minutes later, the hosts took advantage of the space left by Miranda, when Everaldo emerged free in the middle of the area and equalized. Increase the pressure even more. But the Minas Gerais team was unable to translate the size of the match into goals.

Now, for the Brazilians, they face São Paulo Santos, on Sunday (21st), at 19 (from Brasilia), at Villa Belmiro. América-MG travel to Curitiba, where they play Athletico-PR, on Sunday as well, but at 18:00 (Brasilia time).

Who did well

Lucian. He wears the No. 11, but the performance reminded him of the No. 10 shirt. As an attacking midfielder, he revitalized his teammates, but also appeared out front until the end. Thus, he scored two goals 30 minutes before play.

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who was bad

Rinaldo. He was called up to bring experience to the left side, and the No. 6 jersey did not repeat his recent good performances. In addition, he committed the penalty kick that allowed America-MG to score at the end of the first half. Plus he wasn’t involved in building plays in the attack.

performance of Sao Paulo

Rogério Ceni entered the field wanting not to repeat the performances against Ceará and Palmeiras, when they took the classification on penalties. He started the match by exchanging passes and getting rid of the pressure of the hosts. She opened the match 2-0 and could have done more. The hosts saw an opponent at the end of the first half and were under pressure after being sent off

America-MG . performance

Vágner Mancini chose to start the match with three defenders and three forwards. The idea was to observe the duo of Calleri and Luciano in defence. And he took advantage of the speed of Everaldo and Pederinho at the top of Sao Paulo’s defense, with Wellington Paulista as the forward to nullify the three defenders from Tricolor. But the movement of Luciano, Igor Gomez and Nestor spoiled the tactics designed by Mancini. In the second half, he changed the team by taking out a defender and launching Coelho to attack. He got his tie, but hit all three to score third.


Sao Paulo opened the scoring in the 23rd minute of the first half, with Luciano. The 11 jersey repeated the dose and scored again in the 28th minute. Still in the first half, in the 44th minute, Wellington Paulista fell. And Everaldo equalized in the 20th minute of the second half.

data sheet

AMERICA-MG 2×2 São Paulo
Competition: Brazil Cup – Quarter-final second leg
place: Independence Stadium in Belo Horizonte (MG)
date and time: August 18, 2022 (Thursday), 21:00 (Brasilia time)
Rule: Braulio da Silva Machado (SC)
Auxiliaries: Clipper Lucio Gil (SC) and Fabricio Villarino da Silva (GO)
Video Assistant Referee: Adriano Milczvski (PR)
yellow cards: Everaldo, Ramirez, Mathiosinho, Eder, Danilo-Avelar, Alli (America-MG); Luciano, Igor Vinicius and Miranda (São Paulo)
red card: Miranda (Sao Paulo)
Objectives: Luciano, in the 23rd and 28th minute of the first half (São Paulo); Wellington Paulista, in the 44th minute of the first half, and Everaldo, in the 20th minute of the second half (America-MG).

America-MG: Mateus Cavicioli Maidana (Mathecinho), Eder and Ricardo Silva; Cáceres (Patrick), Juninho, Ali (Henrique Almeida), Pedrinho (Felipe Azevedo) and Danilo Avelar; Everaldo and Wellington Paulista (Aloysio). Technical: Wagner Mancini.

São Paulo: Jandry. Diego Costa, Miranda and Leo; Igor Vinicius (Rafinha), Pablo Maya, Rodrigo Nestor, Igor Gomez (Alison) and Rinaldo (Wellington); Luciano (Nicao) and Calleri (Patrick). Technical: Rogerio Ceni.

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