São Paulo, April 16. Cruzeiro, owner of former striker Ronaldo Nazário, was beaten this Sunday 2-1 by Corinthians, during the first day of the Brazilian Championship 2023, which marked the return of the blue team sky in the first three years later.

The Belo Horizonte team, led by the Portuguese ‘Pepa’, dominated many phases of the match, although they almost always brought little danger to the goal defended by Cássio, at the Neo Química Arena in Sao Paulo, which had invited himself to honor Ronaldo.

Corinthians, whose start to the season did not spark passion among their supporters, only pushed hard in the 68th minute when 20-year-old playmaker Matheus Araújo finished a twisted good game at the surface entrance.

Striker Róger Guedes was sentenced in the 87th minute in a thrilling goal that had to be confirmed by VAR.

The score conceded, the men of ‘Pepa’, recently arrived in the celestial discipline to replace the Uruguayan Paulo Pezzolano, now at Real Valladolid in Spain, a club also owned by Ronaldo, lost their hair and managed to pierce the center of ‘Oliveira in 95.

Cruzeiro desperately tried to equalize in the dying seconds of added time, locking Corinthians in their box, who held on and secured the first three points of the season, despite being unconvincing. ECE


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