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Brazil Giants Cruzeiro and Atletico
Mineiro Enter into Battle in Cup
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By Robbie Blakeley , Special to Bleacher Report
Nov 7, 2014
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Central defender Dede has long been viewed as a potential successor to Thiago Silva. Washington Alves/Getty Images Everton Ribeiro is just one Cruzeiro star with international potential. the two juggernauts. he is the proverbial brick wall no one can bulldoze their way through. are sitting fifth in the table and threatening to qualify for next season's edition of the South American Champions League. On his day. Atletico have lost just one of their last six Brasileirao outings and under coach Levir Culpi are playing some scintillating football.com/articles/2259283-cruzeiro-and-atletico-mineiro-to-meet-in-brazilian-cup-showdown 2/5 . Cruzeiro are the defending Brazilian league champions after romping to the title last December. Cruzeiro and Atletico Mineiro. whilst. as confirmed by ESPN Brasil (link in Portuguese). Yesterday afternoon. it pins two forces of considerable strength against one another. their fortitude for some victories during their Libertadores success 12 months previously.08/11/2014 Brazil Giants Cruzeiro and Atletico Mineiro Enter into Battle in Cup Cracker | Bleacher Report It's not a tale of two cities. even if they are from the same city. when the crowd are whipped up into a frenzy. rather a tale of two giants from the same city. the two creative forces that drove them on http://bleacherreport. Midfielder Lucas Silva has been linked with some of Europe's biggest clubs throughout this season. the atmosphere can be enormously intimidating for opponents. This month. they have a team brimming with international potential. Aside from the fact that a fiercely fought classico will decide a major national title. winners of the 2013 Copa Libertadores. across two legs. There is no doubt which metropolis reigns supreme in domestic Brazilian football in 2014: Belo Horizonte. And Atletico. The prize? The Brazilian Cup. They have lost Ronaldinho and Bernard. further forward. Smaller and more compact than the Mineirao. currently holding a five-point lead over closest rivals Sao Paulo with six rounds left to play. Atletico president Alexandre Kalil confirmed his club would play the “home” leg at the Estadio Independencia. used during the World Cup. Everton Ribeiro and Ricardo Goulart have recently been given chances to prove themselves worthy of the famous yellow shirt by Brazil boss Dunga. Not only are they considered the finest side in the land. They look odds on to retain the championship. will lock horns in a grand final.

less glamorous stadium. Atletico have a force that can match their powerful rivals.08/11/2014 Brazil Giants Cruzeiro and Atletico Mineiro Enter into Battle in Cup Cracker | Bleacher Report towards that continental crown last year. that they are a force to be reckoned with in their own right. in their smaller. Culpi's troops showed they are capable of beating the odds whilst putting on a show all of their own. In addition. making a smart save at the death to maintain his club's advantage on Wednesday night. despite these setbacks. But Atletico have shown. and in successive ties they turned it on at the right time. a creative energy who has stepped up admirably in the absence of former heroes. In little Luan. It's all to play for. goalkeeper Victor proved he has not been tainted by the country's World Cup debacle. Selecao striker Jo was suspended for 30 days following a serious breach of discipline whilst staying in a hotel with the side. Just days ago. Plucky Atletico. ably supported by Carlos and the bulldog-like Luan. emerging victorious on both occasions. Pedro Vilela/Getty Images Diego Tardelli celebrates Atletico's progress at the expense of Flamengo. engulfing arena. http://bleacherreport. Indeed. Led by new Brazil No. up against the pacesetters in their modernised. Two great rivals. The final of this year's Copa do Brasil could not have been planned better by the script writers. Atletico needed four goals to progress. Yet. in league meetings this season. one glittering prize. as reported by the club's official website (link in Portuguese). in identical circumstances. 9 Diego Tardelli.com/articles/2259283-cruzeiro-and-atletico-mineiro-to-meet-in-brazilian-cup-showdown 3/5 . they have an absolute giant of a player. on they march. it is Atletico who have triumphed. Galo have now eliminated Brazil's two biggest clubs. not only in this cup run but their recent league form. two of the greatest teams in the country. They have shown their dogged spirit over the last two rounds of the cup. Corinthians and Flamengo. This could be billed as the underdogs against the higher power. Going 2-0 down from both first legs and falling behind in the second. In a dazzling second-half display on Wednesday night.

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