Brazilians Athletico Paranaense y Palmeiras On Wednesday, they start a duel for an unprecedented title for both of them and for a booster $1.6 million prizewith a party Go to RicopaThe tournament that faces the champions of the Libertadores and the Black Americana annually.
The Paranaense, Copa America ChampionThe first leg match will be hosted at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, while Palmeiras, champion of the last two editions of the LibertadoresHe will have the advantage of determining the title on Wednesday of next week in the second leg, at Allianz Parque in Sao Paulo.
this will be This year’s second title chance for Sao Paulo FCwho fell two weeks ago against Chelsea in the Club World Cup final, as well as his second chance to win the Cup Winners’ Cup.
Last year, Recoba was snatched from the Argentine defense and justice team, then the South American champion.
For Paranaense, it is also the second chance to lift the Cup Winners’ Cupwhich he launched in 2019, when he fell against the Argentine River Plate.
The winner will be The ninth Brazilian club to hold this title. Among the champions of the previous 35 editions are Sao Paulo, Gremio and Internacional (twice each), as well as Cruzeiro, Santos, Corinthians, Atletico Mineiro and Flamengo.
Another incentive for both is Prize presented to the herocollected by CONMEBOL from 1.25 million in 2021 to 1.6 million in 2022. The loser gets $800,000.
While Paranaense has played only two games with the rookie team this year, Palmeiras arrives excited with the World Cup and Paulista, He was undefeated with five wins and one draw.
In addition to the short preparation time, the Paranines coach Alberto Valentim will miss new striker Vitor Buenowho will serve a suspended date for being sent off in the Libertadores match last year, when he was a player in Sao Paulo.
Instead, he will be able to form midfielder Matthews Fernandez, enabled by CONMEBOL despite being a player on loan from Palmeiras.
Others who will be able to make their debut for Curitiba’s squad are Hugo Moura, Brian Garcia and Marlos, the main reinforcements for this year but will enter as substitutes as they are still out of shape.
for this part, Palmeiras coach Abel Ferreira will have to improvise in his defense and make some changes Because he won’t be able to count on important addresses.
The nominal pair of defenders will be from Outside: Gustavo Gomez, Paraguay To test positive for COVID-19 and Luan due to injury In his left leg, which did not recover from them. Possible replacements for him are Kocevic and the newly appointed Murillo.
Midfielder Gustavo Scarpa is also under suspicion due to muscle problems.
Palmeiras, on the other hand, will have midfielder Ze Rafael, who has already returned to training after suffering edema in his left leg that missed the Club World Cup. (Dr)
Saints. Marcinho, Pedro Henrique, Thiago Heleno, Abner; Eric, Matthews Fernandez, Leo Citadini; David Terrance, Pablo and Gulimar. DT: Alberto Valentine.
Waverton. Marcos Rocha, Kocevic, Murillo, Joaquín Péquez; Danilo, Gilson, Atoista or Zee Rafael, Rafael Vega; Dudu and Ronnie. DT: Abel Ferreira.
Rule: Facundo Tello (Argentina).
Stadium: Arena da Baixada, from Curitiba.
hour: It’s 19:30 from Ecuador.
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