Santos lost 2-1 against Newell’s Old Boys, this Tuesday, for the fifth round of the group stage of the Sudamericana, in Vila Belmiro. After the defeat, forward Marcos Leonardo asked the cast for humility.
“We lost at home, it was a decisive match for us. Now it’s a question of working with great humility, working calmly and giving an answer on the pitch. This is what the fans want. This is what we want, we work hard to give him a better response on the pitch,” he said.
“Football is about detail. We conceded the goal in the 45th minute of the first half, in stoppage time. This makes it very difficult. We did it there from a penalty and then on the counterattack they killed the game. Now it’s the job, look what there is wrong and focus,” he added.
Marcos Leonardo, who returned to Santos after defending the Brazilian national team in the Under-20 World Cup, scored the only goal for the home side, from a penalty.
With the loss, Alvinegro Praiano reached its seventh consecutive winless game on the season. Three defeats and four draws. In Sudamericana the team is in third place in group E, with four points, three less than Audax Italiano. Newell’s still leads, now with 15.
In this way, coach Odair Hellmann’s team could be eliminated from the competition this Wednesday, should Audax Italiano score against Blooming away. The Brazilians will only survive if the Chileans lose to the Bolivians.
Santos now focuses on the Brazilian championship. On Saturday, at 16 (Brasilia time), the team will visit Coritiba, for the 10th round of the tournament. The last match for the South American will be on June 29, against Blooming, in Vila Belmiro, at 19:00.
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