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Safety ball: Vega keeps 100% on penalties and gives Palmeiras an edge in the Libertadores |  Palm trees

Safety ball: Vega keeps 100% on penalties and gives Palmeiras an edge in the Libertadores | Palm trees

a Palm trees He even has a recent record of big defeats in penalty shootouts, but that doesn’t even come close to Rafael Vega. With 100% success in the establishment, the midfielder scored the only goal in win 1 to 0, last Wednesday, giving Verdao an advantage over Universidad Católica in the fight for a place in the Libertadores quarter-finals.

The move in the 41st minute of the first stage of the match in Chile made Veiga extend his perfect streak. In 12 shots since arriving at the club, he now has 12 goals.

Rafael Vega takes another penalty for Palmeiras: the goal of course – Photo: Staff Images / Conmebol

Appointed in 2017, Rafael Vega spent the 2018 season on loan at Atletico PR, when he missed a penalty for the last time, in Paraná’s victory over Peñarol in a valid Copa Sudamericana match that season.

The athlete returned to Verdau in 2019 and began to take a decisive position also in penalty kicks. The first goal was scored against Atletico-PR, in a valid match for the Brazilian at the time. Since then, Godoy Cruz (Argentina), Corinthians, Fluminense, Ciara, Santos, Bahia, Flamengo (twice), Devenca y Justicia and Independiente del Valle have been victims of the athlete before the match against Universidad Cattolica.

With Abel Ferreira, Rafael Vega became Palmeiras’ protagonist and one of the most regular athletes in the current team, which last season won the Campeonato Paulista, Copa do Brasil and Libertadores titles.

Rafael Vega celebrates a goal with Palmeiras in Chile – Photo: Reuters

In 2021, the Gunners Verdau midfielder is sharing the season with Willian – they have each scored nine goals so far. Veiga entered the field 26 times, starting 24 times. Considering only the current version of the Libertadores, he has scored three goals and two assists in six matches.

Next Wednesday, Palmeiras will face Universidad Católica at Allianz Parque with the advantage of being able to tie to advance to the Libertadores quarter-finals. Before that, on Sunday, Verdao defends the Brazilian championship leadership against Atlético-Go, in Goiania.

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