Brazilian Championship: Palmeiras 2-2 Sport Recife ...a Shameful Display
Second place Palmeiras, took on bottom of the table Sport Recife, at the Estádio Palestra Itália, in São Paulo, in what should have been an easy match last night.
But a wise man once said - There are no easy matches in the Brazilian Championship.
What followed was a display of beautiful football by the bottom of the table, newcomers to the Serie A, so called small club from Recife.
Nobody...played a lovely through ball to nobody who squared it to nobody.....1-0 Sport.
Minutes later, with Palmeiras pressuring in front of their home fans...the unthinkable happened - 2-0 Sport after only 16 on the clock.
The first half would end this way. A beautiful display of the highest level with the Brazilian Championship living up to its reputation as the hardest fought, most competitive, in the world.
One cannot expect anything less than such pure magic from a league which takes place in the most victorious nation on planet football.......or can we?
The second half gets going and without warning there's a tug here, a tug there, and suddenly a red card flashes.....Sport are now down to 10 men.
Palmeiras take full advantage and inevitably pull one back to make it 1-2.
Then, with a heroic Sport fighting to the end to maintain hope of staying in the first division and only minutes left, the unthinkable happens.
Palmeiras get a penalty?... no...Sport gets another one sent off? ...no
The referee, Mr.Belluzzo, simply blows his whistle while a Palmeiras player is receiving the ball in a seemingly offside position, just feet from the Sport goal.
The Sport players all stop while Plameiras' Danilo simply sticks the ball into the net, at which point, Mr.Belluzzo, casually, yet a bit half hearted, points to the middle.
Tiny Sport are officially relegated to Serie B, with Palmeiras and their big sponsors still fighting for another title amongst the elite.
Everyone is in their place so to speak....but what did I just witness?
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