Fluminense 2-1 Ceará: Fluminense secure narrow victory at the Maracana

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Ceará on away loss to Fluminense at Maracana on Sunday. Fluminense were keen to hang onto their position at the top of league and extend their winning run after winning their previous two matches against Corinthians at home and Botafogo away, by 4-0 and 1-0 respectively. Ceará had to settle for a draw 1-1 against Internacional. After today’s result, Fluminense are in 2nd place, with 27 points from 16 matches, while Ceará sit in 15th, with 18 points from 16.

Fluminense started the match well, when German Cano gave Fluminense the lead, 39 minutes in. The score at half time was 1-0.

Fluminense fought back, with a goal from Matheus Martins, at 54 minutes. In the end though, Ceará just before the final whistle hit back though following a Luiz Otavio goal and saw the match end 2-1.

Substitutions for Fluminense included Felipe Melo, Matheus Martinelli, Fred, Willian and Luccas Claro for Nonato, Ganso, German Cano, Matheus Martins and Jhon Arias, repectively. Ceará brought on Ze Roberto, Cleber Bomfim, Victor Luis, Fernando Sobral and Dentinho for Vinicius Lima, Iury Lirio, Bruno Pacheco, Rodrigo Lindoso and Stiven Mendoza.

There were bookings for Matheus Martins and Felipe Melo from Fluminense. For Ceará, Iury Lirio, Messias and Richard saw yellow.

Fluminense will next play São Paulo away, with Ceará facing Corinthians at home.

Technical card:
Fluminense:Fabio Lopes, Samuel Xavier, Manoel, Nino, Caio Paulista, Andre, Ganso (Matheus Martinelli, min.73), Nonato (Felipe Melo, min.73), Jhon Arias (Luccas Claro, min.89), Matheus Martins (Willian, min.89) and German Cano (Fred, min.78)
Ceará:Joao Ricardo, Michel, Messias, Luiz Otavio, Bruno Pacheco (Victor Luis, min.88), Vinicius Lima (Ze Roberto, min.64), Rodrigo Lindoso (Fernando Sobral, min.88), Richard, Vinicius Goes, Stiven Mendoza (Dentinho, min.88) and Iury Lirio (Cleber Bomfim, min.82)
Goals:German Cano (1-0, min. 39), Matheus Martins (2-0, min. 54) and Luiz Otavio (2-1, min. 90)