Internacional 3-3 São Paulo: Six-goal spectacle ends in a draw

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Internacional were held to 3-3 draw by São Paulo down on Thursday at Estadio Beira-Rio. With both teams drawing in their previous fixtures, they were keen to pick up points. Internacional wanted to improve their league standing following a disappointing 0-0 draw with Athletico Paranaense in their previous game. São Paulo, on the other hand, are struggling for form following a draw in their last match. As things stand, Internacional are in 5th place in the table and have 30 points while São Paulo sit in 9th with 25 points after 18 matches.

It was an impressive opening from Internacional, with an early goal from Pedro Henrique in the 4th minute. However, their lead didn’t last for long, Maycon Nikao producing an equaliser in the 10th minute, bringing São Paulo level. However, each side looked hungry to win and Internacional then found the back of the net, 25 minutes in thanks to Pedro Henrique, taking the score to 2-1. However, their lead didn’t last for long, Maycon Nikao producing an equaliser, 30 minutes in, bringing São Paulo level. Internacional in turn, then responded just before halftime increasing their lead with an effort from Edenilson. The score at half time was 3-2.

São Paulo started strong in the second half and were able to dominate, thanks to a goal from Luciano, 54 minutes in, leaving the final score at 3-3.

Substitutions for Internacional included Johnny, Wanderson, David, Estevao and Thauan Lara for Mauricio, Alemao, Carlos De Pena, Heitor and Moises, repectively. São Paulo brought on Welington, Diego, Igor Gomes, Eder and Pablo Maia, to replace Marcos Guilherme, Lucas Beraldo, Rodrigo Nestor, Maycon Nikao and Talles Costa.

There were bookings for Rodrigo Moledo, Heitor, Moises and Gabriel Mercado from Internacional. For São Paulo, Luciano, Thiago, Gabriel Neves, Rafinha and Luizao saw yellow.

Internacional will play their next fixture away against Palmeiras, while São Paulo will face Goiás EC at home.

Technical card:
Internacional:Daniel, Heitor (Estevao, min.82), Gabriel Mercado, Rodrigo Moledo, Moises (Thauan Lara, min.82), Pedro Henrique, Mauricio (Johnny, min.46), Edenilson, Gabriel, Carlos De Pena (David, min.82) and Alemao (Wanderson, min.63)
São Paulo:Thiago, Rafinha, Lucas Beraldo (Diego, min.63), Luizao, Igor Vinicius, Talles Costa (Pablo Maia, min.90), Rodrigo Nestor (Igor Gomes, min.63), Gabriel Neves, Maycon Nikao (Eder, min.79), Luciano and Marcos Guilherme (Welington, min.63)
Stadium:Estadio Beira-Rio
Goals:Pedro Henrique (1-0, min. 4), Maycon Nikao (1-1, min. 10), Pedro Henrique (2-1, min. 25), Maycon Nikao (2-2, min. 30), Edenilson (3-2, min. 41) and Luciano (3-3, min. 54)