Palmeiras continue to lead the Brazilian league after drawing (2-2) with Fortaleza

Palmeiras continues to lead the Brazilian league after drawing (2-2) with Fortaleza.

Fortaleza and Palmeiras drew 2-2 at Arena Castelão, this Sunday, in a match valid for matchday 35 of the Brasileirão. The result kept Alviverde in the lead of the championship and left Leão in 12th position, still without mathematically guaranteeing maintenance.

Thiago Galhardo opened the scoring for the Tricolors in the 20th minute of the game. Rafael Veiga equalized in the second half, in the 66th minute, shortly after the expulsion of Palmeiras central defender Gustavo Gómez.

Caleb put the hosts ahead in the 70th minute and Zé Rafael levelled the score two minutes later.

With this result, Palmeiras reached 63 points, the same as Flamengo, who beat América Mineiro. Verdão is at the top of the table due to goal difference.

Fortaleza, on the other hand, reached 45 points and is only four above the waterline.

On matchday 36, in the middle of the week, Palmeiras hosts the already relegated América Mineiro, while Leão do Pici visits Bragantino.

The second part of Heroes and Villain

The first half was short of excitement and dominated by Juan Vojvoda’s side, despite the visitors’ greater possession (68%).

The opening goal was scored by Thiago Galhardo, who scored for the first time in 12 games after Guilherme took advantage of the Palmeiras defense on the left – and signed a precious assist.

In the second half, the game continued at a low pace, dictated by the Lion, until the expulsion of Gustavo Gómez, in the 59th minute, turned the game upside down.

The Paraguayan center-back was returning from suspension, after being sent off against Flamengo, and ended up with a red card again, for a foul that interrupted an imminent goal.

Abel Ferreira immediately replaced striker Breno Lopes with full-back Vanderlan, and Palmeiras made it 1-1 soon after.

Man of the match on the green side, Raphael Veiga missed the first shot but, on the rebound, hit a beautiful shot and left everything equal on the scoreboard, in the 66th minute.

After the tie, Verdão went in search of the comeback and ended up conceding the second goal. Man of the match on the tricolor side, Calebe made a beautiful table with Thiago Galhardo and finished to the back of the net, after invading Weverton’s area, in the 70th minute.

Marinho came on in the 76th minute, in place of Galhardo, to help Fortaleza kill the game, but, in the next minute, the Ceará ended up conceding another goal, even in numerical superiority: Zé Rafael took advantage of a cross in the area and left everything equal for the visitors, in the 77th minute.

The confrontation continued back and forth, with Palmeiras further back from securing equality, but still looking for victory on the counterattacks.

The Lions failed to break through the green defense for the third time, and the final score ended up being widely celebrated by the Palmeirenses. João Martins, Abel Ferreira’s assistant, also went to the dressing room earlier, but for words to the referee.