In one of the Copa do Brasil games on Wednesday, Ceara takes on Fortaleza with the goal of preserving their 2-0 lead from the first leg.
Whichever of these local rivals advances to the quarterfinals could benefit from a cup run as a nice distraction given that both teams are mired in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A relegation zone.
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In all of their history, Ceara has never won Brazil’s premier domestic cup, with their greatest effort coming in the 1994 final against Gremio, which they lost 1-0.
But with Vozao having advanced to the competition’s round of 16 after three rounds, there was genuine hope that 2022 would be the year they finally break their duck.
If Marquinhos Santos’ team is to have any realistic chance of moving on to the quarterfinals on Wednesday, they will undoubtedly need to score first. If not, their only concern will likely be getting out of there.
Fortaleza manager Juan Pablo Vojvoda probably felt less pressure after his team’s first-leg victory over their local rivals, but they he is well aware that his team’s league performance must improve provided he should stay.
Fortaleza’s form has plummeted like a stone after a stellar 2021 campaign in which the Argentinian led Leao do Pici to a fourth-place finish, their greatest finish in Brazil’s top division and, as a result, the first time they had qualified for the Copa Libertadores.
Maintaining last season’s form for a team of their stature and reputation was never going to be easy. However, after only 16 games in Serie A, being at the bottom is a significant drop.
It is unquestionably crucial for Vojvoda to start salvaging his team’s season that his players resist the intense pressure that Ceara’s players and supporters are going to apply to them in their upcoming second match.
We anticipate that Ceara will benefit from playing at home by defeating their struggling neighborhood rivals in a victory that will bolster their confidence.
Fortaleza is the favorite to hold on, thus the hosts may have given themselves too much work to do in order to go to the quarterfinals.