São Paulo’s up one just before halftime in one of the biggest derbies in Brazilian soccer. It’s the Derby Paulista, waged between the two biggest clubs in the country’s largest city.
Then the most dangerous play in soccer happened.
The ball is put in from the right, a corner kick. Palmeiras clears it. Denílson takes it …
… and this happens:
Yes, that’s the same Denílson that was once such a promising prospect for Arsenal. In fact, he’s still on their books, destined to play out his contract on loan to São Paulo.
And despite playing parts of four seasons with the Tricolor, that was the 24-year-old’s first Campeonato goal. Not a bad way to open your account, albeit a little late: a 36-yard rocket snaking inside the post of your rivals.
The goal also had a moral component. São Paulo had dominated the first half, outshooting Palmeiras 15-6 before the goal. Yet they were only up 1-0, four minutes from letting their rivals reach halftime and a chance to regroup.But then, justice as served.
In one moment, Denílson pushed Palmeiras from salvation to dispair. He also scored what will likely be this weekend’s best goal.
EFL Cup Tues. preview: Spurs-Reds, plenty of non-PL participants
Sixteen teams remain in the battle to clinch the Premier League’s first European place of next season’s tournament, and we have some tremendous battles on tap for Tuesday and Wednesday in the EFL Cup (formerly the League Cup).
Today we focus on the 24 hours ahead of us, focusing on Tuesday’s five matches and allowing the Manchester Derby, West Ham-Chelsea, and Southampton-Sunderland to percolate a bit.
That’s not to say we don’t have a pair of giants dueling on Tuesday. Liverpool is three wins away from a return to the final, where the Reds fell in penalties last season. Standing in their way is Tottenham Hotspur, a deep squad which won’t have to worry much about a quick turnaround from Saturday.
That said, the Reds didn’t have to play at all last week, while this will be Spurs third match in a week. Spurs have been to the EFL Cup final thrice since 2008, and one of two teams (Chelsea) to make three finals this decade. Liverpool will start Simon Mignolet between the sticks.
The remaining four EFL Cup matches include at least one team outside the Premier League.
— Arsenal will host USMNT midfielder Danny Williams and Reading.
— Hull City is off to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City.
— Newcastle United is leading the Championship, and will get a visit from Preston North End in the first of two matches between the two sides this week.
— Norwich City will pay a visit to Elland Road and Garry Monk‘s Leeds United.
Mariehamn held off 11 other teams, including the traditionally strong Helsinki club, HJK, and defending champion SJK from western Finland. It ended three points clear of second-placed HJK for its first league title.
Local media dubbed the team “Leicester” after the surprise English Premier League champions last season.
Mariehamn, which has a population of 11,500, is the capital of the Aland islands off the southwestern Finnish coast