Corinthians maintained the perfect campaign to reach the final of the Copa Libertadores Feminina. The team thrashed Nacional (URU) 8-0 this Tuesday (16), at Manuel Ferreira stadium, in Asunción, in a duel valid for the semifinal of the tournament.
With the result, he will decide the title with Santa Fe (COL), next Sunday (21), in Montevideo. The Colombians qualified after beating Ferroviaria by 4-2, on penalties, after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Despite the rout, the semifinal was marked by an accusation of racism. After a penalty kick in the 26th minute of the 2nd half, Corinthians players claim to have heard an opponent, who was not identified, calling forward Adriana a “monkey”.
“I ended up not seeing [ouvindo] what she said, but everyone who listened felt bad. The girls told me and I felt really bad. I never went through a situation like this. I hope she respects that and that it doesn’t happen to anyone else,” said Adriana after the match.
The captain and defender of the Nacional, Valeria Colman, apologized for any offense committed by another athlete from the Uruguayan team.
Corinthians have won all five matches they have played so far in the tournament. He scored 22 goals and conceded just two. This Tuesday, Campiolo, Diany, Vic Albuquerque, Portilho, Jheniffer, Adriana, Juliete and Grazi took notes.
The club alvinegro tries to conquer Libertadores for the third time in its history. It had already lifted the trophy in 2017 and 2019.
The Corinthians totally dominated the semifinals and could have scored more goals. And the campaign takes place despite no longer having the presence of defender Erika, one of the most important athletes in the squad. She tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee while training in the group stage.
The first half, despite Corinthians having more possession and suffering little on the field, ended with a score of 1-0. A goal scored by Campiolo, who rose more than the Uruguayan defense to open the score.
The final step was a massacre. Between the 3rd and 26th minutes, the Brazilians scored five times, with Nacional increasingly withdrawn with each goal scored by their rivals.
The eventual title will make Corinthians extend its dominance in women’s football to South America as well. The strongest team in the country is the current two-time champions in São Paulo and in Brazil. Reaching the final also serves to erase last year’s semifinal, when they played better than América de Cali (COL), but only drew and then ended up defeated on penalties.
Corinthians’ presence also maintains the tradition of having at least one Brazilian club in the decision. In all the Libertadores disputed (the first was in 2009), there was no team from the country only in 2016, when Sportivo Limpaño (PAR) beat Estudiantes de Guárico (VEN) in the title match.
In the 12 previous editions, the country won nine and was runner-up in three. In 2019, Corinthians and Santos played a 100% Brazilian final.
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