The biggest competition in football and one of the biggest in Brazil, Atlético-MG x Cruzeiro will return to the final of the Mineiro Championship, after absences in the last two editions (both won by Galo). And with new details: The fans are “half and half” and in one match, in Mineirao, this Sunday, at 16:30 pm (GMT), broadcast by Globo.
Edo, of Cruzeiro, and Hulk, of Atlético MG, compete for the Craque do Mineiro Cup; vote!
The classic, which places Mineiro’s greatest champions (Atletico with 46, Cruzeiro with 38), will again play with half the ticket burden for Atlético, and the other for Cruzeiro. Something that hasn’t happened in five years.
It was the last time in the now defunct Primeira Liga. In Mineirao, in February 2017, Cruzeiro won 1-0 with a goal from Arascaeta. Since then, the classics have been held with the home team having the most load or no fans (state of 2020, due to the pandemic).
Mineirão Stadium, equally divided between Atlético-MG and Cruzeiro (2017) – Photo: Agência i7 / Mineirão
At Campeonato Mineiro, the last time fans played the classic split was in 2010, in the first stage, when Cruzeiro won 3-1. Subsequently, the classics were played in the countryside of Minas, due to the renewal of Mineirao. For the World Cup, not with separate fans.
Mineiro’s last final with divided fans was held in 2009 – Photo: Reproduction/TV Globo
The centenary history of Atlético-MG x Cruzeiro also holds moments of unique games, such as the one that will take place next Sunday in Mineirão. The most recent (but not so) is in 1997. In the Copa Centenario final, marking the centenary of Belo Horizonte, Gallo and Capoloso contested the decision of the tournament, which had international participation, as did Benfica and Milan. Even better for Vengegro, with a 2-1 win, in Minerao with 39,095 fans and a payout for the fans.
Atlético-MG 2×1 Cruzeiro, in Mineirão, for the 1997 Centenary Cup
It took place more than 30 years ago between the contenders. In Mineiro 1990, the feud was over two rounds. Cruzeiro won first place. second Atlético. The equality caused the title to be decided in one match in Mineiro. Careca appeared again, and Cruzeiro, with a headed goal, gave the 1-0 win to more than 90,000 spectators.
In the 1990 Mineiro Championships, Cruzeiro beat Atlético MG with a score of 1–0, in Mineiro, a champion
In 1983, the two contenders also made a decision in one match, but from an intermediate stage and not for the state title. In the eighties, they tied on points in the second round (corresponding to the Minas Gerais Cup), and Cruzeiro won with a 1–0 draw.
In contrast, in 1972, the teams again played one match to determine the Mineiro title. And again, a cruise. With two goals from then-boy Balliniha, Raposa beat Gallo 2-1 in overtime (after 1-1 in regular time), who scored with Dario.
Atletico-MG x Cruzeiro in 1972 – Photo: Globo
Now, who will be the new mining champion? If there is a tie in the decision, the dispute goes to penalties. If that happens, it would also be for the first time in classic centenary history.
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