Fluminense beat Gremio in nine-goal thriller

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-06 10:59:10|Editor: mingmei
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PORTO ALEGRE, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Colombian winger Yony Gonzalez scored in the 92nd-minute as Fluminense completed a remarkable comeback to win 5-4 at Gremio in the Brazilian Serie A championship on Sunday.

The hosts looked on track for a comfortable victory when Andre, Everton and Jean Pyerre struck in quick succession to give them a 3-0 lead after 22 minutes.

Gonzalez then hit the target for the visitors before goals at either side of halftime from Luciano and Matheus Ferraz put them on level terms.

Striker Pedro handed Fluminense the lead with a 72nd-minute penalty but Argentine defender Walter Kannemann equalized shortly after as both teams swept forward with abandon.

Gonzalez restored Gremio's advantage by controlling the ball with his chest before striking a fierce volley that deflected into the net off Gremio defender Leo Moura.

It was Fluminense's first win of the season as the Rio de Janeiro giants climbed to 13th in the standings. Gremio dropped to 18th and are still seeking their first victory after three rounds.

"This shows that the team knows how to fight and the players believe in our philosophy," Fluminense coach Fernando Diniz told reporters after the match at Arena do Gremio. "We are maturing. I have a brave team and today we showed what we are capable of."

In other Brazilian Serie A matches on Sunday, Athletico Paranaense drew 1-1 at Chapecoense, Botafogo secured a 1-0 home win over Fortaleza, CSA played out a goalless draw at home to Santos, Cruzeiro won 2-1 at home to Goias, Flamengo drew 1-1 at Sao Paulo and Bahia overcame Avai 1-0 at home.