Florida Cup Match 4: Rangers F.C. 4, S. C. Corinthians 2. The Florida Cup matches keep rolling along this week. the matchings of Brazilian clubs with European clubs is proving to have dramatic effect. Two ties with penalties kicks and dominating performances that didn’t necessarily have the expected result.
Match 4 fell in line with the other three matches. As we’ve seen so far in the tournament, experienced and seasoned European clubs, coming over in mid season, have been dominant over the younger Brazilians who have yet to start their seasons.
Sao Paolo’s S.C. Corinthians Paulista came out and displayed their standard Brazilian speed and ball handling skill against Glasgow, Scotland’s Rangers F.C., but Rangers had the playing time together, strength, and overall experience.
This match turned out to be two different contests divided by halftime.
After a slow beginning, goals from Colin Kazim-Richards and Rodriguinho had given the Brazilian side a comfortable 2-0 lead at half-time.
At the half, the Rangers side made multiple substitutions and the second half turned out to be a completely different match. It took nearly twenty minutes for the game to lose its scrappy feel, as Morelos pulled one back, slashing in on a volley from a terrific ball in by Sean Goss.
It was a chilly day in Orlando, but Rangers fans had their shirts off shortly after as the rattled Brazilians were pulled apart on the left by the Colombian striker, who squared for Andy Halliday to tap in.
And just three minutes later it was four, as James Tavernier burst into the box and after a one-two, followed up a saved strike to cap a stunning comeback.
Jamie Murphy was allowed to escape down the right and delivered for Morelos, who produced a magnificent finisher into the top corner.