Gremio beat Goias to keep title dream alive

Aldemir Ferreira and Franco Cristaldo scored second-half goals as Gremio recovered from a goal down to secure a 2-1 home win over Goias in Brazil's Serie A championship on Thursday.

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 1 (IANS) Aldemir Ferreira and Franco Cristaldo scored second-half goals as Gremio recovered from a goal down to secure a 2-1 home win over Goias in Brazil’s Serie A championship on Thursday.

Everton Morelli gave the visitors the lead just before the half hour at Gremio Arena by bursting away from his marker and slotting a cool finish past goalkeeper Caique Santos, reports Xinhua.

Ferreira equalized just after halftime when he deftly controlled Luis Suarez’s pass with his chest before cutting inside to fire a right-footed shot into the far corner.

Franco Cristaldo completed the turnaround six minutes later as he capitalized on an errant defensive header to smash a volley past Goias goalkeeper Tadeu Ferreira.

The result leaves Gremio fifth, four points behind leaders Palmeiras with two matchdays remaining. Goias are 18th in the 20-team standings and need to win their final two games by hefty margins to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

In other Brazilian Serie A fixtures on Thursday, Cruzeiro were held to a 1-1 home draw by Athletico Paranaense and Fortaleza won 2-1 at Bragantino.

–IANS

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