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Jul 6, 2022 at 11.15pm UK at Allianz Parque
Palmeiras
5 - 0
Cerro Porteno
Samudio (37' og.), Rony (73', 83'), Lopes (75'), Gomez (78')
Menino (40'), Danilo (52'), Rony (59')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Patino (46'), Espinola (83')

Preview: Palmeiras vs. Cerro Porteno - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Copa Libertadores clash between Palmeiras and Cerro Porteno, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Heading into the second leg of their round of 16 tie at the Copa Libertadores, it would take a significant collapse by Palmeiras at Allianz Parque on Wednesday for Cerro Porteno to advance into the next round.

The reigning two-time winners of this competition hold a 3-0 advantage from the opening match, as the Paraguayans seek a spot in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2019.


Match preview

Palmeiras' Danilo celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on April 3, 2022© Reuters

It is said that perfection is not attainable, although Palmeiras are proving that theory coined by legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi to be incorrect, winning every game so far in the 2022 Libertadores.

Verdao are the first team to finish the group stage with a 100% record since Boca Juniors in 2015, with the current league leaders in Brazil outscoring their opponents by a 28-3 margin in seven matches.

Finding a weakness in this squad requires a lot of hard work and research, but one area worth noting is that Palmeiras have conceded two of their three goals in this competition at Allianz Parque.

Those goals allowed have been a mere speed bump in what has been a dominant performance from them on home soil, finding the back of the net 13 times in three matches.

Abel Ferreira has moulded this unit into a team who are patient in their build-up, while defending as aggressively as any club in South America, conceding two or fewer shots on target in four of their seven fixtures so far in this competition.

While they are by no means an offensive juggernaut in the attacking third, the Palestra tactics can create a ton of confusion on opposing backlines.

Their wingers, centre-forwards and wing-backs often interchange their positions, creating overloads to one side of the field, which often allows them the openings needed to strike.

Cerro Porteno's Claudio Aquino in action on May 20, 2021© Reuters

A place in the quarter-finals at the moment looks fairly bleak for the Paraguayans, who were overwhelmed by Palmeiras in the second half a week ago.

The score in the opening leg was not an indication of the game, as Francisco Arce's men held their own for about an hour before being stunned in quick succession, conceding two goals in nine minutes.

That was the fourth time in which El Ciclon had conceded first at this competition, and this solid defensive unit have not fared well in that scenario, losing three of those four encounters.

While it does not seem plausible that Porteno will be able to reverse its current deficit, there are a couple of encouraging historical facts that could give them a glimmer of hope.

El Azulgrana were the last side to defeat Palmeiras in this round of the Libertadores, blanking them 1-0 at Allianz Parque in 2018, though falling 2-1 on aggregate.

They have also triumphed in their previous two road fixtures against Palmeiras in this South American tournament and have not lost an away fixture against the Brazilian giants in this competition since 2001.

Palmeiras Copa Libertadores form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Palmeiras form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L

Cerro Porteno Copa Libertadores form:
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L

Cerro Porteno form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W


Team News

Palmeiras coach Abel Ferreira reacts on February 24, 2022© Reuters

One of the players who seems to have grown the most under Ferreira is Rony, who has become a dangerous central striker for Palmeiras, scoring twice in nine minutes last Wednesday, with Murilo picking up his first of the competition versus Cerro Porteno, with the assists coming from Gustavo Scarpa and Dudu.

Murilo and his defensive partners Joaquin Piquerez, Gustavo Gomez and Marcos Rocha deserve a ton of credit for shutting down the Paraguayans in the attacking third, as Weverton did not have to make a single save to preserve his fourth clean sheet of the tournament.

Ferreira inserted one new face into the lineup this weekend in their 2-0 defeat at home to Athletico Paranaense as Mayke replaced Marcos Rocha in the starting 11.

An own goal from Nestor Gimenez was all Porteno would need on Saturday to blank Tacuary 1-0, as Rodrigo Munoz picked up a clean sheet.

Alfio Oviedo and Robert Morales will be counted upon to rediscover their quality in the attacking third, as both strikers have tallied eight times domestically this season but have not found the back of the net in this competition.

Fernando Romero leads them with two strikes in this year's Copa Libertadores, one more than Angel Cardozo Lucena, Alberto Espinola and Marcelo Moreno, while Claudio Aquino has two assists, one more than Alan Rodriguez and Leonardo Rivas.

Palmeiras possible starting lineup:
Weverton; Piquerez, Murilo, Kuscevic, Rocha; Menino, Danilo; Lopes, Wesley, Dudu; Rony

Cerro Porteno possible starting lineup:
Jean; Espinola, Duarte, Riveros, Rodriguez; Gimenez, Da Motta, Carrascal; Moreno, Oviedo, Morales


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We say: Palmeiras 2-0 Cerro Porteno

With a sizeable advantage heading into this leg, you might be inclined to see Palmeiras be a little more passive, but they are deceptively quick on the counter, and you rarely know when this team will attack you with numbers going forward.

We expect El Ciclon to put up a fight, but in the end, this team do not have the quality to trouble a backline, who are among the stingiest in South America.


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