10-man Palmeiras snatch a point against São Bento in the Paulista Championship

Despite their one-man disadvantage, Palmeiras claimed a crucial point that saw them move up to joint-leaders of the Paulista Championship.
Campeonato Paulista: São Bento x Palmeiras (24/03/2021)
© Cesar Greco / Palmeiras

São Bento and Palmeiras played out to a 1-1- draw in Volta Redonda on Wednesday night. The game marked for a late game of the third round of the Paulista Championship.

Diego Tavares broke the deadlock in the 24th minute while Gustavo Gómez drew level from the spot five minutes before the break.

Verdão did see the return of some their regulars, who starred in the club’s recent Copa do Brasil triumph. However, their game-plan was rocked when goalkeeper Weverton was given his marching orders just after 23 minutes on the pitched.

Regardless of the red card, Palmeiras showed good character to remain competitive and even gran an equalizer. After that, Verdão still remained the better side and even had chances to win the game. In the end, both teams had to settle for a point.

Speaking after the game, Ron hailed his side’s character to keep their shape even after the red card. He said: “In general the team knew how to withstand the pressure with one less, in a vacancy of ours we lost our goalkeeper.”

“But the team supported well, we are to be congratulated for how we played with one less. We had chances, we didn’t know how to conclude. Let’s think about the next one. game, wait to define. The kids are to be congratulated for what they have been doing at Paulista. We played a great game with one less”

Palmeiras are now joint-leaders of Group C alongside Bragantino, with both sides on eight points. São Bento move up to two points but remain bottom of Group B.

There is no word on the next games for both teams. São Bento and Palmeiras would have to wait for a decision by the São Paulo Football Federation who continues their bid to move games to other states.