June 25, 2022 Sports Match
Mid-table Ceara and Atletico Goianiense face off in Fortaleza on Sunday with the teams tied on points in the Brasileiro standings.
The teams meet at Castelao after having uneventful Copa do Brasil results earlier this week, with the hosts losing to their neighborhood rivals and Atletico drawing at home.
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With crowd disturbances at Castelao, Ceara’s 12-game unbeaten streak in all competitions came to an end on Wednesday when they faced their most hated rivals Fortaleza in the first leg of their Copa do Brasil last-16 match.
The Alvinegro, who lost to their city rivals in the first round of the cup last year, were unable to exact retribution and now face a challenging second leg next month after falling behind by two goals.
Since taking over for Dorival Junior, who left for Flamengo, Ceara have gone two Serie A games without scoring under new coach Marquinhos Santos.
After previously holding defending champions Atletico Mineiro to a draw, last weekend’s scoreless draw with Cuiaba and a second blank midweek mean that they have gone more than 300 minutes without scoring.
Ceara may be in a respectable 13th place in the standings, but she is still only two points away from a top-six finish. They only have a slight advantage over the bottom four because of how crowded the table is after 13 rounds.
Atletico Goianiense, which has 16 points so far, is only ahead of Sunday’s opponents in the standings but comes into Fortaleza having won three of their previous four league contests.
Following wins over Avai and Fluminense and a loss to league-leading Palmeiras, the team defeated 10-man struggling Juventude 3-1 last week.
Jorginho returned to Atletico as head coach in May after spending a year away from the team, and his influence has helped the team’s fortunes turn around.
Since Umberto Louzer was fired, the situation at the club has improved, and Jorginho’s team has only dropped two of their last seven league games.
In addition to advancing to the Copa Sudamericana’s elimination round, their midweek Copa do Brasil tie with neighborhood rivals Goias keeps them alive in the race for a quarterfinal position.
However, a slow start to the 2022 season has placed Atletico in the middle of a competitive lower tier of the Serie A standings, and they will need to keep up their recent progress to improve upon their ninth-place league finish from the previous season.
A weak offensive threat might derail Ceara’s chances of earning a crucial home victory, and their opponents are primed to take advantage.
The hosts’ string of nine straight wins in the Brasileiro must stop if they can’t start scoring more frequently, and a stronger Atletico will stand to benefit.