Cruzeiro managed to go one more game without conceding a goal in the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior. The fourth already, adding up to 360 minutes, plus additions. Up front, Alex Matos decided and the Minas Gerais team defeated Red Bull Bragantino 1-0 this Thursday (13), playing at the Francisco Vieira Stadium, in Itapira, and advanced to the third stage of the competition. It will now face Retro for a spot in the round of 16. The two teams have already faced each other in the tournament, in the group stage, and Raposa won by 2-0.
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The miners sought from the beginning to dominate the game and soon succeeded, but without putting pressure on their rival. They played the ball in search of spaces to create opportunities, without much success. At 17min, however, Alex Matos took a free kick, with an empty goal, a rebound from goalkeeper Jorge in a beat by Daniel and pushed it into the net. After the goal, Red Bull Bragantino tried to seek the attack, without much efficiency, and Raposa was ‘cooking’ the opponent. Until Breno, in the final minutes, missed Juliano almost at the side of the field. He already had yellow, took the second and the miners went to the locker rooms with an advantage on the scoreboard, but a numerical disadvantage on the field.
Right at the beginning of the complementary stage, Bragantino had a chance to draw, his best so far. After a good plot, the ball reached Gustavinho, who hit it hard and almost leaked the blue goal for the first time in the São Paulo Cup. Shortly after, Taillan was featured twice. First, he tried to equalize the duel for Bragantino in a club from outside the area. Then, Vitor Roque was fouled hard, he already had yellow cards and was sent off, leaving both teams with ten players on the field. From then on, Cruzeiro returned to ‘cook’ the rival. He left the strong Haggai to fight with the opposing defense, closed in behind and pressed the mark. It worked out. Red Bull Bragantino, even with the ball, couldn’t squeeze and time went by until it ran out.