April was a great month as we 6 of the 8 matches. We finished the final 2 Campeonato Mineiro matches with 2 big wins, won the semifinals against America and have a 1 goal lead against Cruzeiro. We finished 1st in the group stage for Copa Libertadores and are ready to face Estudiantes.
Great win today! After being nervous about the last time we faced them, our squad played very good. Elkeson played very well today by scoring 2 goals. Unfortunately, Marcos Rocha injured himself during the game and will miss some time.
Lucas Pratto got Atletico Mineiro on the scoresheet with an accurate finish from inside the penalty area. Jesus Datolo double the lead in the 20th minute after taking advantage of Ezequiel Videla error and scored from inside the box. Ezequiel Cerutti scored on a penalty shot after Marcos Rocha gave it away. Marcos Rocha had to leave the game just after giving away the penalty for injuring himself during the challenge. Elkeson scored in the 72nd minute with a well struck effort. 3 minutes later, Elkeson scored his 2nd goal of the night with a fierce shot.
Next game will be against Cruzeiro for the 2nd leg of Campeonato Mineiro finals.
Today match will be the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto or famously known as Mineirão and it will feature a majority of the Raposa fans. Last match, Atletico Mineiro won 1-0 after a goal by Sherman Cardenas. Today, Atletico only needs a draw of to win their 3rd consecutive Campeonato Mineiro title. Cruzeiro need a 1-0 win or win by 1 goal as Cruzeiro has the draw advantage as there is no away goals, extra time and penalties.
Our squad features a mix of the first 11 eleven and my backups. Alex Silva is replacing Marcos Rocha due to injury and Leonardo Silva will replace Jemerson after he was suspended with 3 yellows. We will have to focus on Adrian Ramos as he has a scoring record against us. Dede will be leading their defensive core and we need to pressure him to make a mistake. Long time Cruzeiro Keeper Fabio will on his toes today.
As the officials go to the middle, they signal both goalies to see if they are ready. Cruzeiro will start the game.
7th minute: Atletico Mineiro is on a counter attack! Dodo runs up but is tackled by Ralf. Gil Romero picks up the loose ball and passes to Datolo on the left. Datolo see Tabata on the right and laids it to him. Tabata from long range shoot the ball..... SAVED BY FABIO!!! and ball goes out for a corner.
9th minute: Freekick for Atletico Mineiro. Tabata was fouled by Jean. Datolo gets the ball and prepares for the kick. Datolo runs and kicks.... JUST OVER THE BAR!!!
11th minute: Datolo runs up with the ball up the field and gives it to Ramires. Ramires gets the ball, delays it, and passes. Dodo receives the ball and immediately gives it to Carlos. Carlos runs and laid it to Tabata to the right. Tabata tries with his left foot from range.... JUST GOES BY WIDE!!!
13th minute: Freekick for Atletico Mineiro. Former Atletico Mineiro's Patric tackled Datolo. Datolo prepares the set-piece. Datolo runs and shoots.... JUST OVER THE BAR!!!
15th minute: Throw-in for Cruzeiro. Jean throws it in. Luciano exchanges passes with Alisson. Alisson runs and shoots... SAVE BY MURIEL!!!
20th minute: Datolo played the ball high to his left. Leo gets up and heads the ball clear. Tabata gets the ball and flicks the ball the Gil Romero. Gil Romero passes the ball back to Leonardo Silva. Leonardo Silva shoots it... JUST OVER THE BAR!!!
20th minute: Goal kick for Cruzeiro. Fabio kicked it and Alisson got the ball and nodded to ball to Adrian Ramos. Ramos passed it to Ralf, who immediately gave it to Jean. Jean runs up and cross the ball to the penalty area... CLEARED AWAY BY LEONARDO SILVA!!!
21st minute: Corner kick for Cruzeiro. Patric runs to the ball and swings it to the area. Leo jumped above Datolo and heads it... JUST GOES BY WIDE!!!
26th minute: Ralf pauses the ball to wait for support. He plays it to Luciano and immediately gives it to Ramos. Ramos passes it ahead to Alisson and he shoots... JUST GOES BY WIDE!!!
31st minute: Freekick for Cruzeiro. Felipe Santana fouled Ramos. Marquinhos takes the kick and plays the ball forward. Ralf latches it to the area and Dede heads it... JUST OVER THE BAR!!!
38th minute: Ramires gets the ball and passes to Felipe Santana. Felipe Santana stops and gives it to Gil Romero. He angled the ball to the right for Tabata and he finds Ramires with a low key pass to the left. Ramires passes the ball where Dodo picks up and finds Carlos open with a low forward pass. Carlos shoots... SAVE BY FABIO!!!
41st minute: Freekick for Atletico Mineiro. Yellow card for Ralf after tackling Dodo. Datolo gets the ball and prepared to take the freekick. Datolo kicks it and goes to Dodo. He heads it... JUST GOES BY WIDE!!!
43rd minute: Freekick for Cruzeiro. Felipe Santana took down Ramos. Dede lines up for the kick. Dede shoots... JUST GOES OVER THE BAR!!!
45th minute: The 4th official shows 1 more minute of extra time.
45th + 1 minute: Gil Romero finds Tabata open inside the area. Tabata tries to hold up the play but Jean tackles him. Gil Romero runs up to the loose ball and shoots... SAVED BY FABIO!!! And the referee calls half time.
Atletico Mineiro need only 45 more minutes to win their 3rd consecutive title. Cruzeiro only needs one more goal to ****** the title.
Atletico Mineiro will start the 2nd half
47th minute: Freekick for Atletico Mineiro. Henrique took away the legs of Dodo. Datolo prepares the kick. He shoots... JUST OVER THE BAR!!!
50th minute: Datolo feeds the ball to Gil Romero to the right. He gets it and passes through to Ramires. He gives it back to Datolo. Datolo tries to hold up the play and see Dodo open to give him a wonderful pass. Dodo does a great play to give him some room. He shoots... BLOCKED BY FABIO!!!
52nd minute: Gil Romero gets the ball and plays it to Dodo. Dodo run and plays it to Ramires, who immediately passes back to Dodo. Dodo shoots... HITS THE CROSSBAR!!! and the ball goes out.
58th minute: Dodo is forced off the field due to injury after a challenge by Ralf and is replaced by Felipe.
63rd minute: Ralf holds up the ball and send it to Leo. He goes up and plays a wonderful ball to Jean. Jean crosses the ball to the far post from the left. Ramos gets their first and heads it... JUST OVER THE BAR!!!
66th minute: Patric feeds it to the left for Dede. He plays the ball to Ralf who holds up the play and rolls it to Marquinhos. He gets a chance to shoot... SAVED BY MURIEL!!!
72nd minute: Freekick for Atletico Mineiro. Dede clattered Carlos. Datolo lines up for the freekick. Datolo kicks and Felipe half volley it... JUST GOES BY WIDE!!!
74th minute: Jean feeds the ball forward to Marquinhos. He plays the ball forward and Luciano gets the ball. He tries to shoot from a tight angle... SAVED BY MURIEL!!! Luciano gets the rebound and tries again... SAVED BY MURIEL AGAIN!!!
76th minute: Freekick for Cruzeiro. Felipe Santana trips Ramos. Patric prepares to take it and he shoots... JUST OVER THE BAR!!!
77th minute: Substitution for Cruzeiro. Felipe Seymour comes in for Ralf.
79th minute: Throw-in for Cruzeiro. Jean throw it in and Luciano get goes up the wing in the left. He crosses to the middle. Tabata fails to reach it and Alisson tries a spectacular shot from range... JUST GOES BY WIDE!!!
82nd minute: Substitution for Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro. Tiago comes in and replaces Leonardo Silva and Alex replaces Marquinhos.
84th minute: Patric plays the ball long and Ramos gets the ball. Ramos uses skills to beat Felipe Santana but Santana manages to knock the ball out. Felipe Seymour gets the loose ball and angles the ball to the left for Alisson. Alisson tries from long range... SAVED BY MURIEL!!!
87th minute: Substitution for Cruzeiro. Igor replaces Alisson.
89th minute: Substitution for Atletico Mineiro. Gil Romero is replaced by Jadson.
90th minute: The 4th official shows 3 more minute of extra time.
90th + 2 minute: Yellow card for Patric after taking down Datolo.
90th + 3 minute: Jadson plays great ball to Tabata. He gets free in the penalty area and plays it to Felipe. Felipe shoot... SAVED BY FABIO!!! But the referee calls full time! ATLETICO MINEIRO WINS THE 2017 CAMPEONATO MINEIRO!!!!!! They successfully defended their title and now won the title for the 45th time in history.
We acquired leftback Natanael today, I wasn't completely happy with my leftback as Junior Cesar, while he a great player, is starting to drop on form and Walter Clar and Cesar are not ready to start full time. Natanael will be Filipe Luis backup for the time being.
The draw of the Quarterfinals was announced and we are facing basically the BIGGEST team in South America. Club Atlético Boca Juniors, the Argentine club, is a 6 time Copa Libertadores champion with their last title in 2007. If you want to know how big Boca Juniors are: they are title with Real Madrid and AC Milan with the 2nd most international titles with 18. This will be the 2nd meeting between the 2 clubs, last being in 1978. The first leg will be played on May 24 at home.
Another year, another Brasileirão Serie A season. Last year, Atletico Mineiro won the title for the first time since 1971 with 91 points, 14 points in front of the runner up Sao Paulo with 77 points. This year, the media is predicting that Atletico Mineiro will retain their title followed by Corinthians, Sao Paulo, and Internacional. Vasco, Bahia, Sport, and Parana will being joining Serie A this year.
This is our fixtures of this year's competition. Our goal of this year is obviously to win the Brasileirão but my top priority right is Copa Libertadores so of the 1st couple of matches, I will be rotating my squad until we win or get eliminated.
Big win against the recently promoted Bahia. The first game of the season will always be the hardest but my squad were calm and the result shows it.
Marion scored just before the half with a nice effort from 10 metres after taking advantage of Luan error. Lucas Candido also took advantage of another Bahia error to score from close range. Tabata capped off the rout with a fluke goal where he meant to cross it to Carlos but the ball went in.
Next game will be against another recently promoted club, Vasco, at home.
If you thought last game was a dominating game, today match was a huge win especially against a 4-time winner Vasco. The match got even easier after the red card to the Vasco player. Ramires and Felipe had 2 goals each.
Ramires started the scoring with just 4 minutes into the game after an accurate finish. Ramires scored his 2nd of the night 5 minutes later when he scored an incisive finish from 15 metres. Maicosuel made it 3-0 after taking advantage of Walace to shoot a well executed shot that also hit the post before it went in. Felipe scored to make it 4-0 in the 28th minute by scoring from 11 metres. Rithely received his 2nd yellow after tackling Datolo and was sent off. Felipe completed the rout when he scored his 2nd when he header from inside the six-yard box.