Fluminense beat Athletico-PR by 3 to 1, today (5), at Maracanã, for the 24th round of the Brazilian Championship. The result, obtained with two goals from Marcos Paulo and one from Nenê, took the tricolor team back to the Libertadores classification zone. Léo Cittadini opened the scoring for the visitors.
With the triumph, Fluminense reached 39 points and surpassed Palmeiras and Santos. The São Paulo pair drew the direct confrontation, also today, and stopped at 38 points. The tricolor team can still be passed in this round, but only if Grêmio beat Vasco or Internacional beat Atlético-MG – both games are tomorrow (6).
In the next round, Fluminense has the classic against Vasco, in São Januário, on Sunday (13). On the previous day, Athletico-PR will try to recover against Atlético-MG, at Arena da Baixada. As both teams are only in the dispute for the Brasileirão, they will have a week of rest until the next performance.
Marcos Paulo was the great name of Fluminense. His was the assistance for the first goal, scored by Nenê. And when the tricolor team pressed in the second half, they scored two goals in an interval of three minutes, decreeing the triumph in Maracanã.
It wasn’t Thiago Heleno’s day. With 11 minutes, he committed a penalty by touching the ball with his hand. And even being saved by goalkeeper Santos, he failed again 20 minutes later. By preventing a counter-attack by Fluminense, he overthrew Michel Araújo in a harsh way, received the second yellow card and was sent off.
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The duel at Maracanã brought together two teams that had their squads shattered because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Fluminense had the return of midfielder Hudson, side Egídio, and midfielder Michel Araújo to the starting lineup. Athletico counted on the return of goalkeeper Santos, side Abner and attacking midfielder Nikão.
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Athletico-PR left the relegation zone thanks to four consecutive victories (Fortaleza, Goiás, Atlético-MG and Santos). But with the two defeats in a row, taking six goals, Paulo Autuori’s team lost momentum. He parked at 29 points, but is still five points above the group of the last four. In that same period, he fell in the Copa Libertadores da América in a playoff against River Plate.
On the other hand, Fluminense entered again at a time of high. The team has not lost in three matches and has scored seven points in that sequence. Before beating Athletico, he overcame Internacional, in Beira-Rio, upset, and drew with RB Bragantino in Maracanã.
Fluminense created the first opportunity of the game, at 3 minutes, with Marcos Paulo, but Santos made a miracle, sending the ball to the corner.
After that, Athletico-PR almost reached the goal with Richard and opened the scoring with Léo Cittadini. In the 9th minute, after a good play by Abner on the left, the midfielder hit the entrance to the area, first in the right corner.
Fluminense had the chance to draw soon after. Thiago Heleno touched the ball with his hand inside the area, and the referee scored a penalty. In the collection, Santos defended Nenê’s shot.
At 25 minutes, however, Nenê recovered. After a good move by Michel Araújo, Santos spread it out, and the ball was left to Marcos Paulo, who assisted the veteran midfielder to finish over the goal line.
Before the break, a decisive move came. When trying to pull a counter-attack, Michel Araújo was brought down by Thiago Heleno. Athletico-PR’s beque received a second yellow card and was sent off.
In the final stage, Fluminense did not breathe for Athletico-PR, but it took them a while to get the comeback. the second goal came only on 28 minutes, with Marcos Paulo, in a placed shot. The tricolor striker scored again in the sequence, decreeing the triumph in Maracanã.
Fluminense 3 x 1 Athletico-PR
Reason: 24th round of the Brazilian Championship
Local: Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Data: December 5, 2020, Saturday
Schedule: 19h (from Brasília)
Referee: Ramon Abatti Abel (SC)
Assistants: Kleber Lucio Gil (SC) and Henrique Neu Ribeiro (SC)
WHERE: Rodrigo Guarizo Ferreira do Amaral (SP)
Yellow cards: Thiago Heleno and Wellington (Athletico-PR); Matheus Ferraz, Egídio, Felippe Cardoso and Hudson (Fluminense)
Red cards: Thiago Heleno (Athletico-PR)
Goals: Léo Cittadini, 9 minutes into the first half (Athletico-PR); Nenê, at 25min of the first half, and Marcos Paulo, at 28min and 30min of the second half (Fluminense)
FLUMINENSE: Marcos Felipe; Calegari, Luccas Claro, Matheus Ferraz, Egídio; Hudson (André), Martinelli, Nenê (Luiz Henrique), Michel Araújo (Ganso); Wellington Silva (Felippe Cardoso), Marcos Paulo (Miguel). Technical: Odair Hellmann
ATHLETICO-PR: Santos; Erick, Pedro Henrique, Thiago Heleno, Abner; Richard, Wellington (Zé Ivaldo), Léo Cittadini, Nikão (Walter); Carlos Eduardo (Alvarado), Renato Kayzer (Fernando Canesin). Technical: Paulo Autuori
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