With a reserve team eyeing the Libertadores, Palmeiras visited Red Bull Bragantino this Sunday (01) and was defeated 2×1. In the 25th round of the Brasileirão Série A, Endrick opened the scoring with a great goal, but saw the home team come from behind.
A starter in Bragança Paulista, the young striker scored his fifth goal in this edition of the national competition. With 19 games played, six as a starter, he equaled Artur’s mark and became Verdão’s second top scorer in the tournament, behind only Raphael Veiga, with seven.
In addition to getting closer to consolidating Palmeiras’ “goal man” status, the promise broke a fast of practically three months. The player hadn’t found the net since the 2-2 draw against Athletico at Arena da Baixada. On that occasion, the athlete wasted a penalty kick before scoring.
Endrick and company turn their attention to the decisive clash this Thursday (05). At 9:30 pm, at Allianz Parque, the Palm trees hosts Boca Juniors, in the second leg of the Libertadores semi-final. As the first leg, at Bombonera, ended in a 0-0 draw, whoever wins will guarantee a place in the final of the continental tournament. A new equality on the scoreboard will lead to the dispute going to penalties. The team that does best will face Fluminense or Internacional in the title decision.
The South American competition appears to be the last chance for Verdão to lift another cup in 2023. In the Brasileirão, the Palestrian team fell to 4th position, with 44 points, seven less than the leader, Botafogo. Glorioso closes the round this Monday (02), at 8pm, when they host Goiás. Thus, the difference between the teams in the table could increase even more.