With the whistle, sighs of tiredness and heads bowed. Botafogo ran, tried, but despaired over time. As much as Tadeu was a central character, the goalless draw with Goiás this Monday, in the 17th round of the Brazilian Championship, at Estádio Nilton Santos, goes through the lack of individual quality and the “unexpected element” to Alvinegro.
Lanterna, Goiás spent the first half practically whole with the ten line players behind the central circle. In a low block, Esmeraldino had little threat and, consequently, Botafogo had the ball to try to attack. Despite facing a defensive bloc of many men, there was a logical line in the black attacks.
Botafogo placed Caio Alexandre and Keisuke Honda, two of the midfielders, on each side of the pitch. In this way, Rhuan and Bruno Nazário, the points, were able to cut from the inside and make diagonal movements to take advantage of the dominant leg – leaving the left side to finish with the right leg, for example.
The team stopped in Tadeu in the few opportunities that managed to break through the blockade. In these opportunities, all created from movements without a ball and crosses towards the area – with the exception of a submission by Rhuan outside the area.
Bruno Lazaroni’s team did not have an unbalancing factor. The player who was trying to get out of the Goiás state with short dribbles and speed shots. The system, although organized in the first half, succumbed over time.
In the second half, Botafogo, with tactical organization to attack in the first 45 minutes, gave way to a desperate team, with players out of position and little worked. Bruno Lazaroni’s substitutions, it is noteworthy, also did not have much effect: Guilherme Santos and Davi Araújo, the coach’s first bets, did little.
It is unfair to take the merit of Goiás’s defensive system and the individual performance of Tadeu, the best player on the field. Botafogo, on the other hand, did not show consistency with their own style of play during the 90 minutes and, above all, did not have a player to call the responsibility when the situation became difficult.
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