Avaí – An Englishman's view

A Frustrating Night in Natal

América-RN 1×0 Avaí  (Campeonato Brasileiro Série B – Tuesday 29th May 2012)

It was a highly frustrating night in the North East of the country last night…Our boys travelled the vast distance and set up to play in an attacking style against América however we were extremely wasteful in front of goal and, with torrential rain streaming down, we saw a potentially valuable point taken away from us in the final quarter of the game.

Heres how we lined up…


We knew that we would have to take the game to the Américans and lined up with two pacey wing players….Diogo Orlando and Mika.  Our recent in form goal scorer, Cleber Santana, lined up in the middle of the park to pay off Felipe Alves and Nunes.

Our defence proved stout in the opening exchanges with Leandro Silva the pick of the back four clearing twice of the line after decent goal bound efforts from the Natal based boys.  The woodwork also saved us before finally we gained some possession in the game and began to press forward. Felipe Alves had our first real chance but after cutting in well from the right hand side he blasted high and wide.

Avaí did have the ball in the back of the net during the first half but Nunes’ effort was correctly ruled out for offside. I could already tell that it may be a highly frustrating night for the Lion!!

The second half was much of the same with both sides having chances to open the scoring…Patric was, in particularly, impressing for Avaí and his drives down the right from his full back position scared the opposition on a number of occasions. However it was to be América-RN, with Pingo, who finally found the first, and what would be the only goal of the game. Again it was after some nice wing play whereby the ball was played across the Avaí six yard line and Pingo was, inexplicably, unmarked at the back post to power home.

So we left for the long journey home with nothing. It’s still very early in the competition and our performance may have warranted more.

Heres the goal…


Next up is a home game on Saturday against fellow Catarinenses Joinville. I see a 4×0 win coming on!!

Vamo Vamo Avaeeee





May 30, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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