America Mineiro 3-1 Avai: Avai leave empty-handed despite strong start

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America Mineiro snatched all three points from Avai in a 3-1 victory on Monday, at Independencia. America were keen to hang onto their position at the top of league and extend their winning run, following a 1-0 victory against Atlético Goianense whilst Avai were beaten 2-1 in the previous match against Flamengo. As it stands, America are currently 13th with 24 points from 20 matches, while Avai sit in 16th, with 21 points from 20.

Avai started strongly in the first half, with an early goal from Bissoli in the 4th minute. However, their celebrations were kept brief, as Henrique Almeida equalised for America, 34 minutes in. The score at half time was 1-1.

America continued to pile on the pressure in the second and were rewarded, thanks to a goal from Everaldo, at 70 minutes. They then scored again, increasing their advantage thanks to a second effort from Everaldo just before the final whistle with a final score of 3-1.

Substitutions for America included Pedrinho, Martin Benitez, Wellington Paulista, Iago Maidana and Patric for Felipe Azevedo, Lucas Kal, Henrique Almeida, Matheusinho and Raul Caceres, repectively. Avai brought on Jean Cleber, Muriqui, Paolo Guerrero, Vitinho and Renato, to replace Jean Pyerre, Natanael, Bissoli, Eduardo Biasi and Kevin.

The referee booked Everaldo for America.

America will next play Juventude away, with Avai facing Corinthians at home.

Technical card:
America Mineiro:Matheus, Raul Caceres (Patric, min.79), Eder Ferreira, Luan Patrick, Danilo Avelar, Juninho, Matheusinho (Iago Maidana, min.73), Lucas Kal (Martin Benitez, min.64), Felipe Azevedo (Pedrinho, min.64), Everaldo and Henrique Almeida (Wellington Paulista, min.65)
Avai:Vladimir, Kevin (Renato, min.79), Bressan, Arthur Chaves, Bruno Cortez, Eduardo Biasi (Vitinho, min.72), Jean Pyerre (Jean Cleber, min.59), Raniele, Bissoli (Paolo Guerrero, min.72), Natanael (Muriqui, min.59) and William Pottker
Goals:Bissoli (0-1, min. 4), Henrique Almeida (1-1, min. 34), Everaldo (2-1, min. 70) and Everaldo (3-1, min. 90)