Ceará 1-0 Avai: Avai fail to find an equaliser at Estadio Castelao

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Ceará’s 1-0 win over Avai on Wednesday, was hard fought at Estadio Castelao. Both teams arrived fresh from some positive results. Ceará were keen to hang onto their position at the top of league and extend their winning run, following a 3-1 victory against Corinthians. Avai were looking to extend their winning run after a 1-0 victory against Santos FC. At the moment, Ceará are currently 10th with 24 points from 18 matches, while Avai sit in 13th, with 21 points from 18.

Ceará started strong and were rewarded for their efforts, when Vinicius Goes gave Ceará the lead just before halftime With both teams struggling to produce anything meaningful in the second half though, the match ended 1-0.

Substitutions for Ceará included Iury Lirio, Matheus Peixoto, Rodrigo Lindoso and Fernando Sobral for Ze Roberto, Vinicius Lima, Richard and Richardson, repectively. Avai replaced Jean Cleber, Renato, Lucas Ventura, Eduardo Biasi and Bissoli for Jean Pyerre, Marcinho, Vitinho, Nathan Palafoz de Sousa and Vinicius Ferreira.

The referee booked two players from Avai, Lucas Ventura and Vitinho.

Ceará will next play Juventude away, with Avai facing Flamengo at home.

Technical card:
Ceará:Joao Ricardo, Nino Paraiba, Messias, Luiz Otavio, Bruno Pacheco, Vinicius Lima (Matheus Peixoto, min.62), Richardson (Fernando Sobral, min.83), Richard (Rodrigo Lindoso, min.72), Stiven Mendoza, Ze Roberto (Iury Lirio, min.46) and Vinicius Goes
Avai:Vladimir, Kevin, Bressan, Rafael Vaz, Natanael, William Pottker, Lucas Ventura (Vitinho, min.68), Eduardo Biasi (Nathan Palafoz de Sousa, min.81), Jean Cleber (Jean Pyerre, min.56), Renato (Marcinho, min.56) and Bissoli (Vinicius Ferreira, min.81)
Stadium:Estadio Castelao
Goals:Vinicius Goes (1-0, min. 45)