Esportivo hold Internacional to a stalemate in Campeonato Gauchão
Internacional were looking to bounce back from their defeat to Gremio last week but were held by a resolute Esportivo side.
Internacional started the game well with the ball and dominated the play without having many quality players on the field. However, they failed to cause problems for the opposing team.
The team saw difficulty breaching Esportivo’s strong defence. In the 35 minute, Bento Gonçalves’ team were gifted a penalty when Rodrigo Lindoso brought down João Pedro in the area. João Pedro stood up to put his side in the lead.
It didn’t take long for Internacional to level things up. In the 38th minute, a penalty was also awarded to the away team when Sarrafiore was fouled by Robert in the area.
William Pottker stood up to take the penalty, driving Renan to the wrong direction to level the score-line. In the 47th minute right after the break, Pottker almost put his side ahead but his effort hit the crossbar.
Towards the end of the game, both team each had great chances to take the lead. Esportivo had a great chance to go in front when Caprini took advantage of Mustos‘s mistake, but his shot was inches wide of Danilo Fernandes‘ goal.
Lindoso failed to connect to Patrick cross ending the game in a 1-1 stalemate.
With the draw, Colorado now find themselves at the top of Group A with eight points while Esportivo occupies second position in Group B after reaching eight points also.