End of fast at State and place in Libertadores: The year of Atlético-PR
If the year started with an uncertainty for theAthletic-PR, since Cristóvão Borges was dismissed from the technical command at the beginning, he ended in a party. Paulo Autuori commanded the Hurricane, and achieved good results. In Paranaense the team returned to raise the cup after seven years, already in the First League it was runner-up, while in the Cup of Brazil it was eliminated by the champion Grêmio. In the Brazilian Championship, the team remained at the top throughout the competition, and closed the season winning a place for Libertadores in 2017.
For seven years without winning the title of Paranaense Championship, or Athletic-PR the competition started with a 2-0 win for the hitherto champion, Operário Ferroviário. Rubro-Negro had a campaign of ups and downs, which led to a change in the technical command, Paulo Autuori replaced Cristóvão Borges who was not making a good start to the season.
In the quarterfinals, Furacão eliminated Londrina, with a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Estádio do Café, and a 2-0 victory at Arena da Baixada. In the semifinal, Paraná Clube was no match for the Atletican team, the decision of the confrontation was for penalties, and with a defense by Weverton and a lost penalty by Lúcio Flávio, the Athletic-PR reached the final to face rival Coritiba. Before 29 thousand fans at the Arena da Baixada, Rubro-Negro won the first match by 3 to 0. In the return game at Couto Pereira, the Hurricane rocked the net twice, and was consecrated Ca2016 Paranaense champion.
In addition to breaking the title fast, with the conquest of the State, Paulo Autuori led the team to the runner-up in the First League, the title went to Fluminense who won the match 1-0 at the Municipal Stadium Mário Helênio, in Juiz de Fora. Outside (MG).
In the Copa do Brasil, the athletics eliminated Brasil de Pelotas, Dom Bosco and Chapecoense. In the round of 16, Furacão lost the first game at Arena da Baixada by 1-0 to Grêmio and won the return game in Porto Alegre by the same score. The decision was for penalties, the team from Rio Grande do Sul won and lifted the cup at the end of the competition.
No Brazilian championship, the main objective was to end up in the classification zone for the Copa Libertadores de América. Even with defeats away from home, the team kept the positive results in the Arena da Baixada, lost only one home match, in the 20th round by 1 to 0 to the champion Palmeiras.
Best team in the championship, the team arrived in the last round depending only on themselves to qualify, and the 0-0 draw at the Arena da Baixada, combined with the defeat of Corinthians, who was also fighting for a place in the G-6, guaranteed the Atlético-PR the sixth place in the classification table and the place in the second preliminary round of the Libertadores 2017. It will be the fifth participation of the Paraná team in the continental competition.
In an interview withField Writing, or lateral Sidcley highlighted the importance of uniting all of the club for a good performance in the competition, and is already planning the next season: “For me, the main factor that led Atlético to qualify was the group's union. The outlook for 2017 is the best possible, we have to maintain the humility we had this year. All players have the dream of playing Libertadores, we need to keep the group together to achieve the goal and as a result we expect a good performance in the Brazilian Championship next year. ”
The Hurricane closes the Brasileirão with a total of 50% of use, of the 38 rounds, there were 17 wins, six draws and 15 losses. At the Arena da Baixada, the performance was that of a champion, the Athletics totaled 15 victories, three draws and only one defeat, ending as the best principal of the competition.
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