Grêmio x Cruzeiro faced off in the closing match of the 21st round of the Brasileirão. The Immortal side dominated and secured a victory with a score of 3-0 at the Arena.
Impelled by their fans, Grêmio started the match stronger and, at the 4th minute, protested a potential penalty. Villasanti took the corner kick from the left. João Pedro Galvão headed the ball and it struck Neris’ arm, but the referee allowed play to continue.
In the following minute, the Immortal side had a goal disallowed. Villasanti stole the ball, penetrated the area, and took a low shot. João Pedro Galvão redirected it, and Suárez sent the ball into the net, but the linesman had already flagged an offside position in the move.
The Tricolor opened the scoring at the 28th minute. After Marlon’s mistake in the ball clearance, Cristaldo played a pass inside the box to Suárez, who struck it first-time, finding the back of the net.
Until the end of the first half, both teams threatened with shots from medium range. Cruzeiro had attempts from Lucas Silva and Arthur Gomes, while Grêmio took their chances with Carballo.
At the 5th minute of the second half, the Raposa came close to equalizing. Arthur Gomes delivered a cross into the area, Palacios controlled the ball and fired from close range, but sent it over the crossbar.
Tricolor extended their lead with a beautiful goal by Carballo. At the 8th minute, Luis Suárez produced a delightful back-heel touch, and Carballo placed the ball into the net from the edge of the box, leaving Rafael Cabral with no chance.
At the 28th minute, Grêmio executed a swift counter-attack. Luis Suárez received the ball from Cristaldo, held off the defender, and passed it to the midfielder. Inside the box, he took a shot, but Rafael Cabral made the save. In the rebound, Cristaldo attempted a cross, but it went out for a goal kick.
At the 32nd minute, Tricolor netted their third goal through a well-worked team play. Pepê played a pass on the right to Bitello and made his way into the box. The number 39 jersey returned the ball to the midfielder, who finished calmly into the left corner of Rafael Cabral’s goal.
Grêmio even managed to score a fourth goal. Cuiabano dashed down the left flank and played a through pass for Ferreira, who struck the ball across the goalmouth. Bitello slotted it home between the defenders, but the VAR spotted a minute offside position by the midfielder.
With this emphatic victory, the Immortal side returned to the top four, while Cruzeiro suffered their seventh consecutive winless game.
Grêmio climbed to the 3rd position, whereas Cruzeiro remained in the 12th place.
Flamengo and Internacional played to a goalless draw at Maracanã. Arrascaeta and Luiz Araújo sustained injuries and are uncertain for the Copa do Brasil final against São Paulo.
Corinthians 1×1 Goiás
Corinthians drew 1-1 with Goiás at Neo Química Arena. Guilherme Marques opened the scoring for the visitors with a penalty, while Maycon equalized, in a fortunate play, for Timão.
Bragantino 2×0 Cuiabá
In Sunday morning’s match, Bragantino defeated Cuiabá with two second-half goals. Borbas and Talisson scored for Massa Bruta.
The Brasileirão leader asserted their dominance and defeated Bahia at Engenhão. Diego Costa scored two goals, one early in each half, and Luis Henrique sealed the score.
Atlético-MG 2×0 Santos
In the debut of Arena MRV, Galo (Atlético Mineiro) emerged victorious against Santos. Both goals were netted by Paulinho, with both assists provided by Hulk.
América-MG 2×1 São Paulo
América returned to winning ways in the Brasileirão after a 10-game drought. Mastriani opened the scoring, Alexandre Pato equalized, but Rodrigo Varanda secured the victory with a goal in injury time.
Palmeiras confirmed their favoritism and defeated Vasco at Allianz Arena. Veiga scored a stunning free-kick goal in the second half, but the match was overshadowed by Dudu’s injury, which rules him out for the rest of 2023.
Playing at the Presidente Vargas Stadium, Fortaleza defeated Coritiba and continued their strong streak of victories. Lucero scored the first 2 goals, Marinho extended the lead, and Kuscevic pulled one back for Coritiba.
Athletico-PR 2×2 Fluminense
In an action-packed match, Furacão (Athletico Paranaense) and Fluminense draw at Ligga Arena. After taking the lead through Cacá, Vinícius Kauê was sent off for an elbow strike. The Tricolor turned the game around with goals from Guga and João Neto, but Vitor Roque leveled the score in injury time.
Written by Henry Miller.