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2020 Brasileiro Serie A
  • Rafael Navarro (56')
  • Matheus Babi (82')
  • Alisson (7')
  • Jean Pyerre (17')
  • Diego Churín (54' PEN)
  • Matheus Henrique (74', 78')

Gremio hammer Botafogo to keep Libertadores hopes alive

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Gremio scored a comprehensive 5-2 victory over relegated Botafogo on Monday to keep alive their hopes of a top six finish in Brazil’s Serie A.

A top six placing guarantees a spot in next season’s Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions League, and the win lifts Gremio into sixth, equal with Fluminense, who have played a game less.

Alisson and Jean Pyerre put the visitors 2-0 up before half time and Diego Churin made it three with a penalty kick after 53 minutes.

Rafael Navarro pulled one back for Botafogo when he finished off a nice counter attack three minutes later but two goals from Matheus Henrique in the 75th and 78th minutes made it 5-1 for Gremio.

Matheus scored a second consolation goal for Botafogo with eight minutes remaining. (Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Michael Perry)

Brazilian Serie A Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Palmeiras 28 +26 60
2 Internacional 29 +18 53
3 Fluminense 29 +13 51
4 Corinthians 29 +7 50
5 Flamengo 29 +20 48
6 Athletico-PR 29 +2 47
7 Atlético-MG 29 +5 43
8 América-MG 29 -2 42
9 Fortaleza 29 -2 37
10 Botafogo 28 -2 37
11 Santos 29 +5 37
12 Goiás 29 -5 37
13 São Paulo 28 +8 37
14 Red Bull Bragantino 29 0 35
15 Coritiba 28 -14 31
16 Ceará 29 -4 31
17 Cuiabá 29 -9 30
18 Avaí 29 -18 28
19 Atlético-GO 29 -18 25
20 Juventude 29 -30 19