Athletico Paranaense, first leader in a start to the League full of referee controversy

Athletico Paranaense, first leader in a start to the League full of referee controversy

He Athletico Paranaensewith goals from the Uruguayans Canobbio and Mastrianicrushed this Sunday the Cuiaba 4-0 to become the first leader of the 2024 Brazilian Championship, on an opening day plagued by refereeing controversies.

The most powerful League in South America started with several expelled and fans tense due to the actions of the referees and the delay in the opinions of the VAR.

One of the calmest duels was precisely that of Paranaense, that goes from rout to rout.

He won without breaking a sweat Paranaense Championshipwon its first two Copa Sudamericana games, scoring ten goals and conceding only one, and has started the League like a shot.

The set of Curitibaone of the ones with the most foreigners, stepped on the accelerator from the beginning and at the break they were already with a comfortable 3-0 in their favor thanks to the goals of Pablo, Agustín Canobbio and Leo Godoy.

Gonzalo Mastriani He closed the account with ten minutes left.

On the other hand, two of the three favorites for the title met expectations and carried out their commitments.

Colombian Richard Ríos saves Palmeiras

Palmeiras, defending champion, won at the newly promoted Vitória, 0-1.

The only goal was the work of Colombian Richard Ríos after a play in which Endrick, a future Real Madrid player who has recovered from his thigh discomfort, participated in record time.

Flamengo had more problems getting three points.

The Uruguayan Nicolás de la Cruz, with a great goal from a direct free kick, was fundamental for the Rio team’s 1-2 victory over Atlético Goianiense, which ended with two being sent off in highly disputed decisions, especially the one that led to the penalty. that Pedro transformed in the last moments.

8+16 minutes of stoppage time

In that match there were surreal moments. In total there were about 25 minutes of injury time, 16 in the second half alone.

Atlético Mineiro, the third of the top contenders for the title, did not go beyond a goalless draw at the Corinthians stadium, in a high-tension match with twelve yellow cards and two red cards.

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The team led by the Argentine Gabriel Milito, a newcomer to the discipline from Belo Horizonte, was conditioned by the expulsion just before half-time of fellow Argentine Rodrigo Battaglia.

With one less he resisted with integrity and scratched a point that got Corinthians mad, whose coach, the Portuguese António Oliveira, ended up expelled after confronting the field judge.

Also this Sunday, Botafogo, which lost the League last year after losing a 13-point lead in the last three months of competition, continued its bad streak with a 3-2 defeat against Cruzeiro, a club owned by former striker Ronaldo Nazário.

The Rio de Janeiro team ended up with ten players on the pitch, after the expulsion of Alexander Barboza.

Meanwhile, Vasco da Gama, who struggled last year to avoid relegation, achieved a creditable 2-1 victory against Gremio, on a day in which the Spanish-Brazilian Diego Costa had his powder wet.

On Saturday, Internacional, with a header goal from midfielder Fernando Reges, former player of Sevilla, Manchester City and Porto, came back and won, 2-1, against Bahía, while São Paulo of Colombian James Rodríguez gave up at home against the Strength (1-2).

Fluminense, champion of the 2023 Copa Libertadores, and Red Bull Bragantino shared the points at the Maracaná (2-2), as did Criciúma and Juventude (1-1) in the newly promoted duel.

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