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Libertadores Match Report (Gp.4): Corinthians Ripped to Shreds by Tigres
Corinthians went down in flames against a Tigres who were almost welcomed to beat the reigning Brazilian champions. Brazilian Coach Antônio Lopes adopted a defensive formation despite counting on highly effective goalscorers and a defense as watertight as a colander – and paid the price.
The result also marks the first defeat of a Brazilian team so far this year in the top continental competition. Brazilian teams had managed to reap 12 wins and six draws, including the preliminary stages fought out by Goiás & Palmeiras. Lopes’ post is now hanging by a thread, and rumours of Emerson Leão trading Palmeiras for Corinthians are starting to gain strength.
After an insipid first half, the Alvinegro team performed an unfunny comedy of errors in Monterrey, unable to play to their strengths and showing the sort of jaw-dropping weaknesses that put any title conquest in doubt. Five minutes into the second half Marcelo Mattos committed professional suicide with a needless studs-out tackle on De Nigris and was sent off.
To add injury to insult, two minutes later Martinez (52 min) whipped a speculative cross into the visitors’ area and improvised centre-back Wendel showed his failings as a defender by putting the ball past his own keeper to put the Mexicans ahead. Carlos Alberto came on for Roger, but panic and a total lack of ideas was paralysing Corinthians.
Forward moves were aborted through premature passes and a notable nervousness that effectively hamstrung the Brazilians. Given the high pressure climate that has descended on the Parque São Jorge as the Paulistão seems to be heading down to Santos, the Timão painted a picture of impotent rage.
The only danger was via a Gustavo Nery effort, but the Mexicans could have been two ahead if Betão hadn’t cleared a Júlio César shot after Johnny Herrera punched out a cross directly at the Mexican centre-back. Gaitán, Gonzalez and De Nigris drove the nervy Corinthians rearguard to distraction with constant interchanges of position but the score remained the same.
Peralta (89 min) put the tin lid on a night to forget for the visitors, cruelly dispelling any illusions that Corinthians could snatch a last-gasp draw, Gaitán being giving total freedom of movement to set Peralta up to slot the definitive second home gaol past a vainly charging Herrera. Whereas the Mexicans celebrated, Corinthians left the field with bowed heads – and the knowledge that somebody was going to pay. The only question is: how long will Lopes last?
Venue: Universitário stadium, Monterrey (Mexico)
Referee: Carlos Chandía (Chile)
Linesmen: Christian Julio and Mario Vargas (Chile)
Yellow cards: Morales (T); Tevez (C)
Red card: Marcelo Mattos (C)
Goals: Martínez (52 min) and Peralta (89 min)
TIGRES (2): Hernández; Júlio César, Emilio Martínez and Briseño; Saavedra (García), Veiga, Montano (Peralta), De Nigris and Morales (Palacios); Gaitán and Sebastián González
Coach: Ricardo Ferreti
CORINTHIANS (0): Herrera; Wendel (Rosinei), Betão and Marcus Vinícius; Marcelo Mattos, Mascherano, Ricardinho, Roger (Carlos Alberto) and Gustavo Nery; Nilmar and Tevez (Renato)
Coach: Antônio Lopes
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