Tricolor suffers a setback in Chapecó

With goals scored by Tulio de Melo and Lucas Marques, São Paulo lost 2–0 to Chapecoense on Sunday (16)

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Despite having more control of the match, São Paulo was defeated by Chapecoense on Sunday (16). Tulio de Melo and Lucas Marques scored the goals for the opponent during the 14th round of the 2017 Brazilian Championship. After this match, at the Condá Arena, São Paulo will face Vasco da Gama next Wednesday (19), at 9:45 pm (BRT), at the Morumbi.

To face Chapeconse, São Paulo counted on Renan Ribeiro; Bruno, Arboleda, Rodrigo Caio and Júnior Tavares; Jucilei, Petros and Cueva; Jonatan Gomez, Lucas Pratto and Wellington Nem. The opponent started with Jandrei; Apodi, Grolli, Fabricio and Diego Renan; Moisés, Girotto, Marques, Luiz Antônio and Seijas; Perrotti.

São Paulo started attacking as soon as the match began. The first good move happened after ten minutes, in a set piece: Cueva took a free kick inside the box, Pratto set the ball and Gómez shot. Jandrei saved it and Rodrigo Caio tried to take advantage of the rebound, but the referee called an offside.

São Paulo created some good chances and so did the opponent. After almost conceding the first goal, the Tricolor took possession of the ball and started moving forward through the left. However, no goals were scored in the first half.

Back from halftime, São Paulo kept looking for the win and after 11 minutes, Dorival called Marcinho in, replacing Wellington Nem. However, the change had little time to take effect: after 17 minutes, Tulio de Melo scored after a free kick. 1–0.

In an effort to respond, the São Paulo coach made two changes at once after 26 minutes: Lucas Fernandes and Denilson replaced Petros and Cueva. More offensive, São Paulo cornered the home team and battled for the tie until the final moments. However, with a strong defense, the opponent managed to score in the stoppage time, with Lucas Marques: 2–0.

Originally published in Portuguese by Érico Leonan/

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