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2020 Brasileiro Serie A
  • Rafael Navarro Leal (56')
  • Matheus Babi (82')
  • Alisson (7')
  • Jean Pyerre (17')
  • Diego Churín (54' PEN)
  • Matheus Henrique (74', 78')

Gremio hammer Botafogo to keep Libertadores hopes alive

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Gremio scored a comprehensive 5-2 victory over relegated Botafogo on Monday to keep alive their hopes of a top six finish in Brazil’s Serie A.

A top six placing guarantees a spot in next season’s Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions League, and the win lifts Gremio into sixth, equal with Fluminense, who have played a game less.

Alisson and Jean Pyerre put the visitors 2-0 up before half time and Diego Churin made it three with a penalty kick after 53 minutes.

Rafael Navarro pulled one back for Botafogo when he finished off a nice counter attack three minutes later but two goals from Matheus Henrique in the 75th and 78th minutes made it 5-1 for Gremio.

Matheus scored a second consolation goal for Botafogo with eight minutes remaining. (Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Michael Perry)

Brazilian Serie A Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Palmeiras 13 +13 31
2 Atlético-MG 13 +9 28
3 Fortaleza 13 +12 27
4 Red Bull Bragantino 13 +8 24
5 Athletico-PR 12 +8 23
6 Flamengo 11 +12 21
7 Ceará 13 +2 19
8 Atlético-GO 13 -3 18
9 Bahia 13 -4 17
10 Fluminense 13 -2 17
11 Santos 13 -1 16
12 Corinthians 12 -1 14
13 Internacional 13 -6 14
14 Juventude 12 -6 13
15 Cuiabá 11 -2 12
16 Sport 13 -4 11
17 São Paulo 13 -8 11
18 América-MG 13 -8 10
19 Grêmio 11 -7 7
20 Chapecoense 12 -12 4