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Duas vitórias e duas derrotas. Um saldo ruim para o futebol carioca, no final de semana. Principalmente porque um dos triunfos foi na Segunda Divisão, com o Vasco batendo o Atlético-GO, em São Januário (uma vez de portões fechados) por 3 a 0. O lateral Marlon foi o destaque, com dois gols – Douglas, de falta, marcou o outro. Uma grande atuação vascaína? Longe disso. Mas foi um resultado importante: a primeira vitória, em três rodadas, levando o Vasco à sétima posição na tabela.
Na primeira divisão, o Fluminense, que liderava, com 100% de aproveitamento, foi a maior decepção, ao ser surpreendentemente batido, em casa, pelo Vitória, por 2 a 1. A torcida encheu o Maracanã, com mais de 50 mil presentes, mas o time frustrou a expectativa geral por uma grande atuação . Até foi superior ao adversário, no primeiro tempo, mas não conseguiu marcar. E, após o intervalo, surpreendido com um gol de Marquinhos, num chute da entrada da área (que desviou em Fred), se desarticulou e acabou sofrendo o segundo (do mesmo jogador). Quando descontou, com Wagner, impedido, já era tarde.
Nos jogos de hoje, o Botafogo acabou derrotado pelo Bahia, na Fonte Nova, por 1 a 0, gol de Maxi Biancucchi: o novo ataque, formado por Emerson e Zeballos, desta vez, não funcionou: o paraguaio acabou substituído por Wallyson, e até o tanque Ferreyra foi acionado, no lugar de Daniel, mas nada adiantou. O resultado deixou o Glorioso na penúltima posição da tabela. A vitória, na próxima rodada, contra o Criciúma, no Maracanã, é fundamental para Wagner Mancini ter um mínimo de tranquilidade para trabalhar. Será Carlos Alberto capaz de melhorar o até agora inoperante meio-campo alvinegro?
O melhor resultado foi mesmo o do Flamengo, que saiu perdendo do Palmeiras por 1 a 0 e, depois, 2 a 1, mas conseguiu virar, no segundo tempo, vencendo por 4 a 2. Nos primeiros 45 minutos, o rubro-negro sentiu muito a falta de um armador de verdade. Jayme de Almeida iniciou a partida com Negueba (!!!) no meio e Nixon, Alecssandro e Paulinho, na frente. Não deu certo. Após o intervalo, com Lucas Mugni substituindo Nixon (e assumindo a função de armador), o time melhorou bastante e a vitória veio com dois gols de Alecssandro e um de Márcio Araújo (Paulinho marcara, na etapa inicial). Mugni participou ativamente de dois gols.
Ao que tudo indica, o argentino deverá ser o titular no Fla-Flu da próxima rodada. Resta saber se conseguirá repetir a boa atuação. Talento, ele tem, mas, de uma maneira geral, os rubro-negros que entram bem e são mantidos no time, na rodada seguinte, não vêm conseguem confirmar.
Renato Maurício Prado – O GLOBO – 05.05.2014
May 5, 2014 – 12:46PM
Ante Covic can’t stop the Roar’s equalising goal by Besart Berisha. Photo: Getty Images
An angry Ante Covic has called Football Federation Australia to use “neutral” referees in all matches after Western Sydney were denied what he believes was a foul leading up to Brisbane’s title-clinching goal.
Less than 12 hours after the A-League’s newest club lost their second consecutive A-League grand final, Covic slammed FFA for allowing the Brisbane-born whistleblower Peter Green, who is this season’s referee of the year, to adjudicate in Sunday night’s playoff.
While Covic stopped short of accusing Green of being biased, the Wanderers goalkeeper believes referees should not be allowed to officiate in matches involving teams from their home state.
A-League referee of the year, Peter Green, hands out a yellow card Adam D’Apuzzo. Photo: Getty Images
Covic’s frustration stems from a lopsided count for fouls (32-13) and yellow cards (6-0) which went against the Wanderers, and a foul he believes should have been awarded to Matthew Spiranovic before the Roar scored their second goal.
Spiranovic fell after being challenged from behind by Matt Smith as the pair contested a corner kick taken by Thomas Broich.
“Matty himself tells me he just about got whiplash going up for that ball,” Covic said on Monday morning.
The Wanderers failed to adequately clear the ball, allowing the Roar to mount another attack and kick the decisive goal.
“[I’m] frustrated by the second goal because I believe it was a foul on Spiro in the corner beforehand that should have been blown,” Covic said.
“There’s my other qualm, how a referee that’s born and raised in Brisbane can referee a game of that importance.
“That’s something that’s got to be looked at. Where that would happen in the world where you don’t have a neutral referee is beyond me?
“There’s other referees from different states. What would it have looked like if the referee was from western Sydney?
“I’m not saying [it was] a local decision but if it’s 50-50 decisions where are you going to sway?
“They played a good game without question but six yellow cards to zero? If the hit on Matt in the corner leading up to the goal happened in their goal mouth to their player I’d like to wonder what would have happened.
“I think the FFA has got to look into that. You got to have a neutral referee, as simple as that. Take out all the guesswork. I’m not saying that’s the only reason we got done but it’s a bitter pill to swallow when things can slide in a direction.”
Source :The Sydney Morning Herald
May 5, 2014 – 11:27PM
Fire and ice: Wanderers midfielder Iacopo La Rocca was a thorn in the side for Brisbane, especially the combustible Besart Berisha. Photo: Getty-Images
He might have played the game of his life in the biggest game of the season but Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Iacopo La Rocca says there’s no silver lining to Sunday’s grand final defeat.
La Rocca was instrumental in breaking up Brisbane’s dynamic midfield in the first hour of the season decider before slotting into defence to cover for the injured Nikolai Topor-Stanley.
However, with the Roar cancelling out Matthew Spiranovic’s opener through Besart Berisha, and then Henrique slotting home an extra-time winner, La Rocca was left to lament a second championship defeat in as many seasons. He said the pride in winning the Joe Marston Medal – jointly with Brisbane’s Thomas Broich – was all too fleeting.
“Yes but I don’t care – we lost the game. It was important to win but we didn’t win, and congratulations to Brisbane Roar,” he said. “They did a very good season. We have to try and win next season.”
La Rocca continued to perform admirably after his mid-game positional switch, even though it coincided with the Roar’s two goals. The Italian has only ever played at the back a handful of times in his decade-long career.
“It was difficult but I played centre-back two years ago,” he said. “It was different, and we know that Nikolai is a very important player for us. But I had to do my job, and that’s what I did. If I have to play at central back, I play at central back.”
The Wanderers have no time to lick their wounds after a hectic 24 hours of travel following the grand final.
The demands of playing in the Asian Champions League are well documented but there will be few turnarounds as brutal as the one endured by the Wanderers this week.
The players went straight from Suncorp Stadium to Brisbane Airport, flying to Sydney and staying in an airport hotel on Sunday night. They then flew on an early morning flight to Tokyo, arriving in the evening. After that, they then transferred to another flight to Hiroshima for the first leg of their round of 16 clash.
However, La Rocca said competing in Asia against the J-League champions would be a comforting distraction.
“We lost the game and, no, we cannot do nothing. But now we have to change our minds and be ready for the next game against the Japanese team,” he said. “I know that it won’t be easy but we are a good team and we have to change our mind. I think we can do very good in the Asian Champions League.”
Topor-Stanley said he wasn’t sure how serious his injury was, with early reports indicating a medial ligament strain.
“It’s obviously a bit sore but the disappointment is far worse. We’ll reassess back in Sydney,” he said. “I don’t know [how bad it is]. I’ll have to get it scanned, and we’ll take it from there.”
The tall defender, who had the captain’s armband, said he desperately wanted to stay on the park with his team leading 1-0.
“I wanted to stay on but the physios ruled me out,” he said. “I couldn’t really do any lateral movements, and I probably would have been a burden to the boys. But what can you do.”
Even though he was angry enough at being substituted to throw his armband to the ground, Topor-Stanley reckoned his teammates were still in the right position to emerge triumphant.
“I thought the boys would go on and do it but it just wasn’t to be, and full credit to Brisbane,” he said. “They never gave up, they never lost belief or panicked. They’re a great side.”
Source :The Sydney Morning Herald
|Pos||Times||Pts||J||V||E||D||GP||GC||SG||%||M||Classificação ou rebaixamento|
|1||Corinthians||7||3||2||1||0||3||0||+3||78||2||Segunda fase da Copa Libertadores de 2015|
|4||Goiás||7||3||2||1||0||2||0||+2||78||4||Primeira fase da Copa Libertadores de 2015|
|17||Atlético Mineiro||1||3||0||1||2||1||3||–2||11||2||Zona de rebaixamento à Série B de 2015|