Vasco beats Fluminense at Nilton Santos and takes a breather in the table.
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Vasco 4×2 Fluminense
Vasco and Fluminense put on a beautiful spectacle on Saturday afternoon (17), it was a classic with many goals and excitement.
The start of the game was highly contested. Fluminense managed to have more possession and build good plays, while Vasco tried to stifle the opponent and adopted a style of quick recovery and counter-attacks.
At the 18th minute, Flu had the first great opportunity, wasted by John Kennedy. Arias took a short corner kick to Marcelo, who crossed to Cano at the far post. The Argentine deflected it to John Kennedy in the small box, but the striker missed the shot, and when he managed to shoot, Léo Jardim saved it with his foot.
At the 22nd minute, Vasco opened the scoring from a midfield steal. Paulinho dispossessed Cano, launched a counter-attack from the right, nutmegged André, and crossed. The defense cleared the ball, and on the rebound, Rossi easily went past Marcelo and crossed for Praxedes to head it in between the defenders and open the scoring.
In added time of the first half, at the 47th minute, John Kennedy made a great individual play, got past Léo and Maicon, and hit the post.
At the 49th minute, Rossi missed a great chance. Léo Jardim made a long pass, Vegetti and Nino couldn’t reach it, and the ball fell to Rossi, who found himself alone facing Fábio but mishandled it, and the Tricolor goalkeeper made the save.
Right in the first minute of the second half, Fluminense equalized. Marcelo received a pass from Guga inside the box, shifted to his left foot, and sent it to the top corner.
Vasco regained the lead at the 4th minute. Rossi took a corner to the near post, Vegetti rose higher than the entire defense and placed it in the top corner, beyond Fábio’s reach.
Tricolor equalized once again at the 10th minute. André delivered a beautiful through ball to Guga, and the full-back crossed to Lima, unmarked, to score the second for the Tricolor.
In the following minutes, Fluminense created the best opportunities. First, John Kennedy received a pass from Marcelo, entered the box, left Maicon on the ground, but shot wide. Later on, Martinelli tried his luck from outside the box in the corner, demanding a good save from Léo Jardim.
Vasco scored their third goal due to a mistake by André and Marcelo. At the 28th minute, Zé Gabriel launched Gabriel Pec, but the ball was controlled by André. The midfielder passed to Marcelo but ended up leaving Pec with a clear shot on goal, and he calmly scored in front of Fábio.
Vasco extended their lead and closed the account at the 39th minute. Puma Rodríguez crossed to the far post, Vegetti won the header battle against Lima and nodded it into the middle for Pec to score his second goal of the match.
In the final minutes of the match, Fluminense tried to narrow the gap with attempts from Martinelli from outside the box and Yony González heading close to the post. However, the score remained 4-2, much to the delight of the Vasco fans present at Nilton Santos Stadium.
Photo: André Durão
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Written by Henry Miller.