Santos and Santo André share the spoils in 1-1 draw on Cameponato Paulista return

After about 130 days of no action, Santos returned to the field for the Campeonato Paulista but could only salvage a 1-1 draw against Santo Andre at Vila Belmiro on Wednesday. Despite the result, there were some positives to take home for Jesualdo Ferreira's team.
by Sambafoot
23/07/2020 6:39 PM
Santos Santo André
Ivan Storti Santos FC

It was more than four months without games. And surely that was obvious considering the rather unconvincing performance of the team. Obviously there are reasons for criticism but it would make more sense to not place much emphasis on a team that hasn’t played for quite a while.

Santos started the game early on with much purpose and was in charge of possession for the first 15 minutesSoteldo got an early chance to open the scoring but failed to convert his chance. Ramalhão shortly had a chance of his own through an aerial ball he failed to convert. Santos was losing duels in the air and that would go on to cost them a goal.

Willian Goiano went up, headed the crossbar, and the ball was left for Rodrigo to open the scoring. The game got interesting before half time after Carlos Sánchez saw himself sent off at the end after two hard fouls. It was not long before Soltedo leveled the scoring with a brilliant strike after he found himself clear on goal.

Both sides continued to create chances but it eventually ended in a stalemate.

With the result, Santos reaches 17 points and takes first place in Group A with a round to go before the end of the first phase. On the other hand, Santo André are first in the general classification with 20 points and have also guaranteed their spot in the quarterfinals of the Paulista Championship.

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