Palmeiras thrash Tigre and confirm best Libertadores campaign
Goals from Raphael Veiga, Gustavo Gómez, Zé Rafael, Gabriel Veron and Rony helped to seal the victory. The match also ended a run of four consecutive defeats for Palmeiras, all for the Brasileirão.
In the very first minute of the first half, Palmeiras received a yellow card and Tigre almost put away a wonderful opportunity to score,
following a fast attacking play, with the game starting in the best possible way. In the second match after Vanderlei Luxemburgo was axed, Verdão once again showed problems going forward and creating chances. They also showed constant errors in the ball output. The home side had difficuties offensively, but was able to open up the scoring in the 34th minute after Wesley placed a cross for Raphael Veiga to score.
In the second half, Palmeiras were awarded a penalty, but the chance to extend the team’s lead was wasted by Luiz Adriano. Few minutes later in the 54th minute, Gabriel Menino placed in a cross following a corner kick that was met by Gustavo Gomez header, to make it 2-0 for the home side. The game then turned one sided. After going 2 nil down, Tigre lost focus and the game ended up being a thrashing. Zé Rafael, Gabriel Veron and Rony were all on the score sheet, with the game ending in a 5-0 victory.
Palmeiras finished as leaders of Group B, with 16 points with five wins and a draw. This made them have the best general campaign of Libertadores for the third year in a row. Verdão’s next opponent of the round of 16 will be known on Friday, during the Conmebol draws knockout stage.