Athletico Paranaense vs Fortaleza, Wednesday’s match for the second leg of the round of sixteen of the Brazilian Cup.
The Hurricane on Sunday, June 2, reacted after being knocked out 3-0 by River Plate, in Argentina, on Thursday, May 30, and lost the title of the South American Recopa. At home, they scored 3-0 against Fluminense, in a clash for the seventh round of the Brazilian Series A Championship.
Thus, they reached the ten-point mark, rising to tenth place in the Brasileirão standings. More than the result, they showed a slightly different way of playing. It was aggressive and intense from the start and only slowed down when the game was under control.
The team did not have, however, left-back Renan Lodi. The athlete had been called to integrate the Brazilian team in the Tournament of Toulon, in category sub 23, which is being disputed in France.
Because it is not an official competition and not part of the FIFA calendar, Athetico Paranense did not give up the player and used it in the return match of the South American Cup Winners’ Cup.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), however, did not accept the decision and said that the player cannot be used in their competitions while he is in the period of his call to the national team, since the cut was not done out of their will. So Lodi will also be unavailable for Wednesday’s game.
Fortaleza also has its casualties for the duel. Veterans Edinho and Wellington Paulista are out of the battle. The midfielder suffered a muscle injury in the left thigh and is in the second week of a treatment that should last a month.
The striker, who on Wednesday, May 29, scored a 1-0 win in the return game against Botafogo-PB, who won the Northeast Cup title, suffered a left calf injury. It should be a few more days of soaking.
Without them, Fortaleza could not contain Flamengo on Saturday, June 1, for the seventh round of the Brazilian Championship.
In the Maracanã, it took 2 to 0, parked now with seven points. It occupies the fourteenth position in the leaderboard. It has one more point than the CSA, seventeen and first team in the relegation zone.
The duel against the red-black Rio broke an unbeaten sequence that hit five clashes. The match on Wednesday will be the third time the club plays against Athletico Paranense this year. In addition to the duel for the Brazilian Cup, Fortaleza received the Hurricane for the Brasileirão and won by 2 to 1.
Acting in their domain, Athletico Paranaense shows an enviable performance. In front of a fortress quite worn out, they have the prognostic for their success as the best option for the meeting of Wednesday for the second leg of the round of sixteen of the Brazilian Cup.