And yet another week we come here together to praise this greatest of Serbs, one of the most under-appreciated players in the history of the beautiful game – Dejan Petkovic. Everybody that expected the game between Flamengo and the leader Palmeiras (unrecognizable in a blue jersey*) to be a battle between the two members of the Brazilian National Team – Adriano and Diego Souza – forgot that once again Flamengo has a maestro in the midfield.
Palmeiras coach Muricy, having won the Brasileirões the last three years with São Paulo, did what has worked for him in the past – sent the team in in order to not lose. Andrade, I must confess, did the same, and the game got truncated in the middle, with individual flashes and balls flying overhead towards teh area becoming the rule of the match.
Until Petkovic dribbled four of Palmeiras defenders, and with extreme skill, sent the ball straight into the net. No one knows how he was able to put so much force in the ball with such a soft touch.
When Palmeiras tried to recover, Pet killed the game, scoring an Olympic goal that also went between the legs of a Palmeiras defender. Vagner Love wasted a penalty kick for Palmeiras, leaving the final score Palmeiras 0x2 Flamengo.
In other knews, Atlético Mineiro won an away game against São Paulo and Inter tied against last-place Fluminense, and tightened the point-sandwich between the 1st place (Palmeiras, with 54 points) and the 5th (Flamengo, with 48) – We must remember that only the first four make it into next year’s Libertadores, and only the first takes the championship.
São Paulo 0x1 Atlético-MG
Barueri 0x0 Santos
Avaí 2×1 Goiás
Palmeiras 0x2 Flamengo
Grêmio 2×0 Coritiba
Fluminense 2×2 Internacional
Sport 2×0 Corinthians
Atlético-PR 3×0 Santo André
Vitória 3×1 Náutico
Cruzeiro 1×0 Botafogo
* Palmeiras’ traditional uniform is a deep green, with white details. The new third uniform is a light blue and white.