Fortaleza 2-0 Avai: Hosts comfortable against struggling Avai

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Avai fell to an away defeat at the hands of Fortaleza EC at Estadio Castelao on Sunday. Fortaleza were aiming to improve their league standing following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Athletico Paranaense in their previous game whilst Avai were beaten 2-1 in their previous match against Botafogo. Fortaleza and Avai are 10th, (41 points) and 19th, (28 points), in the table respectively, after 31 matches.

After an uneventful first half, Fortaleza certainly were out of the blocks quickly in the second half, thanks to a goal from Thiago Galhardo, at 54 minutes. They then scored again, pulling level thanks to a goal from Hercules Pereira Do Nascimento just before the full time to give a final score of 2-0.

Substitutions for Fortaleza included Pedro Rocha, Hercules Pereira Do Nascimento, Robson, Romarinho and Jose Welison for Lucas Crispim, Romulo Otero, Moises Vieira da Veiga, Thiago Galhardo and Lucas Sasha, respectively. Avai brought on Romulo dos Santos, Pablo Dyego, Sarara, Nathan Palafoz de Sousa and Jean Cleber, to replace Kevin, Marcinho, Lucas Ventura, Jean Pyerre and Bruno Silva.

There were bookings for Tinga from Fortaleza. For Avai, Bruno Silva saw yellow.

Fortaleza will next travel to America Mineiro, while Avai will face Fluminense at home.

Technical card:
Fortaleza EC:Fernando Miguel, Tinga, Emanuel Britez, Titi, Juninho Capixaba, Romulo Otero (Hercules Pereira Do Nascimento, min.65), Lucas Crispim (Pedro Rocha, min.46), Caio Alexandre, Lucas Sasha (Jose Welison, min.88), Moises Vieira da Veiga (Robson, min.65) and Thiago Galhardo (Romarinho, min.83)
Avai:Vladimir, Kevin (Romulo dos Santos, min.64), Raphael Rodrigues Borges, Raniele, Bruno Cortez, Renato, Jean Pyerre (Nathan Palafoz de Sousa, min.76), Bruno Silva (Jean Cleber, min.77), Lucas Ventura (Sarara, min.67), Marcinho (Pablo Dyego, min.64) and Bissoli
Stadium:Estadio Castelao
Goals:Thiago Galhardo (1-0, min. 54) and Hercules Pereira Do Nascimento (2-0, min. 90)