After sweeping Coritiba (5-1), the red lantern of the Brasileirão, Vasco da Gama moved on Monday evening to the pitch of the penultimate, America Mineiro. If Gary Medel’s team had delighted its supporters last Thursday, in its São Januario stadium, it disappointed, four days later, for this late match counting for the 15th day of the Championship. Yet with the same starting pattern, a 4-3-3 with Dimitri Payet as left attacker, Vasco was non-existent and conceded 12 chances during the first 45 minutes. He had to count on a saving post (30th) and two magnificent saves from Leo Jardim (31st and 34th) to keep his clean sheet.
Like his teammates, the Réunionnais, decisive against Coritiba, failed to distinguish himself. He lost 11 balls out of 25 touchdowns, and completed 14 passes out of 18 attempts. Not convincing for the Argentinian Ramon Dias who replaced him with Gabriel Pec at half-time. Without his “gringo”, Vasco reacted, taking advantage especially of its numerical superiority born from the expulsion of Maidana (45th).
At 11 against 10, the Carioca club pushed hard at the end of the match. He hit the post on a header from Vegetti (90th) before Jair deflected a free kick into the America goalkeeper’s goal (0-1, 92nd). Thanks to this success that almost fell from the sky, Vasco now has 26 points after 24 days. Payet’s team comes out of the relegation zone and has a head start on Rogerio Ceni’s Bahia (17th).
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