Santos achieves a very important victory against Goiás in Serrinha and breathes easier in the fight against relegation. The saving goal was scored in the last minutes of the second stage by the brilliant, ‘Imperador’ Julio Furch.
Goiás 0x1 Santos
In a crucial match between two teams battling relegation, the game was a “six-pointer,” with Goiás in greater need of a victory. If they won, they would equal Santos in points.
Playing in front of their home crowd, Esmeraldino started the game better, having the best opportunities. While Santos seemed lost and struggled to organize their midfield and wings.
Just 2 minutes into the game, Goiás appealed for a penalty when Kevyson allegedly fouled Allano. The referee didn’t call anything, waited for VAR confirmation, and allowed the game to continue.
At the 13th minute, Anderson made a brilliant individual play, evading two defenders. The ball fell to Babi, who turned and took a powerful shot, narrowly missing the post and alarming João Paulo.
At the 16th minute, Hugo passed to Guilherme Marque inside the box. The midfielder laid it off to Maguinho, who unleashed a first-time rocket, but João Paulo made a great save.
By the 30th minute, Anderson faced Lucas Braga on the left, cut inside, and shot for an easy save by João Paulo.
At the 38th minute, Lucas Braga received the ball on the right wing, took on the defender, and attempted a cross, but ended up shooting, with the ball narrowly missing the post.
At the 43rd minute, Santos countered, and in a 3-on-1 situation, Marcos Leonardo passed to Jean Lucas, who advanced but missed the best chance to open the scoring. The player would have been one-on-one with the goalkeeper but was dispossessed.
In the second half, Santos made no changes but returned stronger. At the 2nd minute, Marcos Leonardo advanced and passed to Kevyson, who entered the box on the left. The full-back tried to surprise Tadeu with a direct shot, but the goalkeeper made a good save with his feet.
Exploiting counterattacks, Santos had two chances with Jean Lucas unsuccessfully attempting shots. At the 23rd minute, he shot wide from outside the box, and at the 34th minute, he shot into Tadeu’s hands.
Santos opened the scoring at the 41st minute through Julio Furch, who had just come on. Lucas Lima crossed into the area, Joaquim won the header, and the ball fell to the Argentine in the small box, where he made no mistake.
Photo: Raul Baretta/Santos FC
After conceding the goal, Goiás attacked but couldn’t create danger for Santos. Meanwhile, Santos had plenty of space on the counter. At the 49th minute, Furch set up Mendoza one-on-one with Tadeu, but the Colombian shot wide.
With the victory, Santos breathes in the table, occupying the 13th position with 41 points. Goiás is in a dramatic situation, with 35 points, in 18th place.
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Photo: Alexandre Durão / Grêmio FBPA
Written by Henry Miller.