Cruzeiro is scheduled to face Fortaleza, next Saturday, at 6:30 pm (Brasilia time), in a postponed match from the 30th round of the Brazilian Championship. Interim coach Paolo Autori surprised Cruzeiro’s starting lineup.
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Cruzeiro facing Fortaleza is as follows: Rafael Cabral; William and Lucas Oliveira, Luciano Castan and Marlon; Felipe Machado, Ian Lucas and Mateus Vital; Nikau, Bruno Rodriguez, and Rafael Papagayo.
Attacking midfielder Matheus Pereira will start on the bench. The player was one of the most important signings the team made this season. Number 96 played nine matches with the club this year, and did not score a single goal.
Other changes made by Paolo Autori in his first match in his fourth spell with the club are: Lucas Oliveira replaces the suspended Neres; Ian Lucas and Matthews Vitale will replace the injured Lucas Silva and Matthew Jossa is suspended. Nikau starts in attack alongside Rafael Papagayo and Bruno Rodriguez.
With 28 athletes on the roster, five needed to be left off the bench: goalkeeper Gabriel Mesquita, defender Ruan Santos, and strikers Joao Pedro, Stenho and Robert.
Anderson, Wesley Gasolina, Hillibelton Palacios, Joao Marcelo, Caique, Fernando Henrique, Henrique, Matheus Pereira, Gabba, Paulo Vitor, Arthur Gomez and Fernando are in the heavenly reserve.
Striker Wesley, at least the starter on the bench, is out of the game. The player was banned by Paolo Autori and did not even travel to Fortaleza.
According to the investigation it conducted Itataia. Wesley has questioned his reserve status, which contradicts the position of the coaching staff. For this reason, he is not part of Cruzeiro’s delegation in Ceará.
Before the start of the match, Cruzeiro was ranked 17th with 37 points.
The Fortaleza team, owned by Argentine coach Juan Pablo Voevoda, will take to the field with: Joao Ricardo; Tinga, Emmanuel Pretz, Tite and Bruno Pacheco; Z Willison, Caio Alexandre, Kalebi, Iago Pikachu and Emmanuel Machuca; Martin Lucero.
Leao do Peche will play on the bench: Fernando Miguel, Benevenotto, Pochettino, Lucas Crespim, Marinho, Silvio Romero, Dudu, Pedro Augusto, Guilherme, Pedro Rocha, Lucas Sacha and Thiago Gallardo.
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