Juventude and Sport drew 2-2 in an electrifying match under heavy rain, on the waterlogged Alfredo Jaconi stadium in Caxias do Sul.
Sport scored the equalizer in injury time and even came close to turning the game around in the last minute, but the goal was disallowed by the referee.
Photo: Gabriel Tadiotto/Juventude
Juventude 2×2 Sport
In a direct clash for promotion, Juventude and Sport engaged in an exciting match filled with emotion until the end.
Due to heavy rains, the pitch became waterlogged and in terrible playing conditions, forcing both teams to forgo short passes and rely on long clearances and set pieces.
It was from a set piece that Juventude opened the scoring. At the 14th minute, Nenê took a free-kick from the left, Danilo Boza outjumped Felipinho and headed it powerfully into the back of the net.
At the 26th minute, Alan Ruschel delivered a throw-in into the box, the Leão’s defense cleared it, and Danilo Boza unleashed a rocket from outside the area, but the ball went over the goal.
At the 33rd minute, Sport had a great opportunity. Sabino launched the ball from the defensive field, and it reached Vágner Love, one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The striker attempted a chip shot, and Thiago Couto made the save, with Alan Ruiz missing on the rebound.
Sport equalized at the 40th minute. Jorginho took a free-kick from midfield into the box, the Jaconera’s defense cleared poorly, and Alan Ruiz scored a fantastic goal. The Argentine hit a first-time rocket into the top corner.
At the 42nd minute, Vágner Love crossed the ball into the box, Jorginho battled with Zé Marcos, and the ball fell to Edison Negueba. The play continued as normal, but after a VAR review, the referee detected a handball by Zé Marcos and awarded a penalty. During the penalty kick, the top scorer Vágner Love had a poor strike, and Thiago Couto made the save.
At the 49th minute, Nenê attempted an Olympic goal at the near post, but Denis made a great save.
Photo: Rafael Bandeira/SPORT