Palmeiras visited Red Bull Bragantino this Sunday (01) and lost 2×1. With an eye on the Libertadores semifinal, against Boca Juniors, the Palestine team used a reserve lineup in the Brasileirão Série A.
Endrick was one of the starters in yesterday’s match. With a lot of energy and “hunger” for the game, the young striker opened the scoring in the first half, receiving a shot, dribbling past the goalkeeper and finding the net.
The jewel of Verdão hadn’t scored a goal in practically three months, since the 2-2 draw against Athletico at Arena da Baixada. On that occasion, the player even wasted a penalty kick before scoring.
In a press conference after the game in Bragança Paulista, Palmeiras coach, Abel Ferreira, made a point of praising Endrick. Furthermore, he asked the attacker to have more “patience” for mistakes made in the process of training as an athlete.
“His strength is that, when he has space behind his back to use his speed, which is his trademark, with dribbling and finishing. But it also helps when we face a team with low blocks and little space. He is a 17-year-old player, I repeat: if it were a normal job, he would even be prevented from playing,” he declared.
Verdão now turns all its attention to the decisive clash against Boca this Thursday (05), at 9:30 pm, at Allianz Parque. As the first leg, at Bombonera, ended in a 0-0 draw, the team that wins will guarantee a place in the Libertadores final. A new equality on the scoreboard will lead to the dispute going to penalties. Whoever does best will face Fluminense or Internacional in the final.
Abel Ferreira’s praise could be a good sign for Endrick. Entering the last minutes of the game in Argentina, the promising Palestine player may have more time on the field depending on the scenario of the confrontation.
In the Brasileirão, the Palm trees fell to 4th position, with 44 points, seven less than the leader, Botafogo. Glorioso closes the 25th round of the competition this Monday (02), at 8pm, when they host Goiás. Thus, the difference between the teams in the table could increase even further.