Santos 2-2 Fluminense: Honours even in four-goal thriller at Urbano Caldeira

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Santos were held to 2-2 draw by Fluminense down on Tuesday at Urbano Caldeira. Santos wanted to improve their league standing following a disappointing 0-0 draw with Fortaleza EC in their previous game. Fluminense were hoping to increase their winning streak after back-to-back victories against Red Bull Bragantino and Goiás EC. As it stands, Santos are in 9th place in the table and have 27 points while Fluminense sit in 3rd with 35 points after 20 matches.

Santos started strong and were rewarded for their efforts, when Luiz Felipe gave Santos the lead at the 16 minute mark, ending the first half 1-0.

Fluminense took the initiative in the second half, with a goal from Ganso in the 71st minute. The momentum was now with Fluminense, who then scored again through a goal from Jhon Arias, 72 minutes in to establish a 2-1. In the end though, their lead was short lived, as Marcos Leonardo equalised for Santos just before the final whistle and saw the match end 2-2.

Substitutions for Santos included Sandry, Leo Baptistao, Angelo and Rodrigo Fernandez for Carlos Sanchez, Lucas Henrique Barbosa, Vinicius Zanocelo and Guilherme Camacho, repectively. Fluminense brought on Matheus Martinelli, Wellington, David Duarte, Mario Pineida and Willian for Luccas Claro, Matheus Martins, Ganso, Jhon Arias and Nonato.

There were bookings for Madson and Guilherme Camacho from Santos. For Fluminense, Caio Paulista, Ganso, Andre and Wellington saw yellow.

Santos will next travel to Coritiba, while Fluminense will face Cuiaba at home.

Technical card:
Santos FC:Joao Paulo, Madson, Maicon, Luiz Felipe, Felipe Jonatan, Carlos Sanchez (Sandry, min.62), Guilherme Camacho (Rodrigo Fernandez, min.79), Lucas Henrique Barbosa (Leo Baptistao, min.66), Vinicius Zanocelo (Angelo, min.79), Lucas Braga and Marcos Leonardo
Fluminense:Fabio Lopes, Samuel Xavier, Nino, Luccas Claro (Matheus Martinelli, min.46), Caio Paulista, Matheus Martins (Wellington, min.81), Ganso (David Duarte, min.81), Andre, Nonato (Willian, min.90), Jhon Arias (Mario Pineida, min.90) and German Cano
Stadium:Urbano Caldeira
Goals:Luiz Felipe (1-0, min. 16), Ganso (1-1, min. 71), Jhon Arias (1-2, min. 72) and Marcos Leonardo (2-2, min. 86)