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Avoiding an even greater ‘tragedy’, the goalkeeper was the only highlight of Peixe this Sunday (21)

Photo: (Official Flickr Santos/Ivan Storti/Santos FC) - João Paulo vented about Santos' moment
Photo: (Official Flickr Santos/Ivan Storti/Santos FC) – João Paulo vented about Santos’ moment

Coming from a streak of three unbeaten games, with two wins and one draw, Santos wanted to maintain their good phase in the derby to continue moving away from the relegation zone. However, the team led by Fábio Carille did not produce and lost to Corinthians 2-0, this Sunday (21), away from home, for the 34th round of the Brazilian Championship. And the ‘tragedy’ could be even greater for Peixe, if not for the brilliant performance of João Paulo.

In an interview with Premiere after the match, the goalkeeper vented about the poor performance and publicly demanded of his Santos teammates: “Something that has been happening for some time now: we come back from halftime a little off. That can’t, man. In the final phase of the championship, at the time we were living, a good moment, it has to be connected from beginning to end. We only kicked the goal. It’s no use making excuses”, declared João Paulo.

It is worth remembering that the goalkeeper prevented an elastic result from the rival through good appearances, as he made nine saves during the derby, with eight shots from inside the area. With the hot weather in Vila Belmiro, João Paulo demanded a quick reaction from Peixe: “We have to fix our mistakes. We have an important game at home on Thursday (25) and we have to win anyway to have a smooth championship final”, concluded the archer.

As mentioned by João Paulo, Santos will face Fortaleza this Thursday (25th), at 7pm, in Vila, for the 35th round of the Brasileirão. Carille’s team occupies 12th place in the table with 42 points, five ahead of Bahia, which opens the Z4 of the championship. To have a “quiet” end of Serie A, Peixe hopes to surpass the mark of 45 points, a number that should avoid going down based on the last ten editions of the championship, as no team fell with that score.

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