Heavily rotated Internacional side beat Atlético-GO in the Copa do Brasil

Inter preserved almost all of its starters and still showed the strength that makes them the leader of the Brasileirão now in the Copa do Brasil.

With a reserve team, Colorado beat Atlético-GO 2-1 this Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium for the first leg of the competition’s first round. Leandro Fernández and Moisés scored the goals of the colorada victory. Goalkeeper Jean scored a penalty and added the goal that keeps the Dragon alive in the fight for the spot. 

Inter started the game with much intensity and didn’t even look like they were rotating.

Their early pressure paid off when Marcos Guilherme found Leandro Fernández who slotted home in the 13th minute. After that goal, Atlético started to see more of the ball and created chances of their own but failed to score. The first half ended 1-0 in favor of Inter. 

Atletico resumed the second half how they ended the first, creating chances and holding possession but nothing to show for it. Against the run of play, Internacional scored. Moisés combined with Leandro Fernández and scored a beautiful goal in the 61st minute. Atlético got a crucial goal when Jean scored a penalty in the second minute of extra time. 

Inter play for a draw at Beira-Rio to guarantee their place in the quarterfinals. Atlético need to win by two goals difference to advance. A Dragon victory by a goal takes the decision to penalties. There is no qualified goal criteria in the Copa do Brasil. 

The two teams will face each other in the return match next Tuesday in Beira-Rio. 

Before the decisive duel, Inter and Atlético-GO face the last round of the first round of the Brasileirão, in matches on the same day and time: Saturday, at 19h. Colorado faces Corinthians at Neo Química Arena. Dragão visits Coritiba at Couto Pereira. 

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