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Palmeiras, Sport meet again in Copa Libertadores

Palmeiras, Sport meet again in Copa Libertadores

Brazilian clubs Palmeiras and Sport will meet for the third time in this year's Copa Libertadores on Tuesday, with Palmeiras hoping to maintain its momentum after advancing from the group stage in dramatic fashion.
Sport and Palmeiras both advanced from Group 1, but 1999 champion Palmeiras needed an 87th-minute goal at Chile's Colo Colo last week _ a remarkable long-range shot by midfielder Cleiton Xavier _ to secure its spot in the round of 16.
The goal gave Palmeiras second place in the group and the 11th best campaign in the first stage, setting up the meeting with Sport, which ended with the sixth best campaign.
Palmeiras beat Sport 2-0 in Recife in their first match, then Sport earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Sao Paulo despite playing the entire second half with 10 men.
"We already know how they play and they already know how we play," Palmeiras defender Danilo said. "The difference now is that it's a knockout stage."
Sport, in the second stage of the Copa Libertadores for the first time in its history, is hoping to get another draw at Palestra Italia stadium and then take its chances in front of its fans in northeastern Recife.
"We need a good result at Palestra Italia to decide the matchup at home," Sport midfielder Fumagalli said. "We are confident and working hard to advance."
Palmeiras will add to the roster former Spartak Moscow midfielder Mozart, who was signed after veteran defender Edmilson fractured his elbow earlier in the competition.
Sport coach Nelsinho Baptista will have all his players available for Tuesday's match, while his Palmeiras counterpart Vanderlei Luxemburgo may be without defensive midfielder Pierre, who is still nursing an ankle injury he picked up in the match against Colo Colo. Defender Marcao, who was red carded against the Chileans, will not play.
Sport was stuck in Quito after its 3-2 win over defending champion Liga de Quito in its last group-stage match last week because of bad weather, making the team change its plans and fly directly to Sao Paulo instead of returning to Recife.
Tuesday's match is scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m. local time (0015 GMT).
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Probable lineups:
Palmeiras: Marcos, Wendel (Fabinho Capixaba), Danilo, Mauricio Ramos, Jumar (Mozart), Souza (Pierre), Cleiton Xavier, Diego Souza, Marquinhos, Willians (Jose Maria Ortigoza) and Keirrison.
Sport: Magrao, Moacir, Igor, Cesar, Dutra, Andrade, Daniel Paulista (Sandro Goiano), Paulo Baier, Hamilton (Luciano Henrique), Wilson (Ciro) and Vandinho.
Referee: Sergio Pezzota (Argentina).


Updated : 2021-06-12 19:38 GMT+08:00