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2020 Brasileiro Serie A
  • Rafael Navarro Leal (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 Atlético-MG 27 +24 59
2 Palmeiras 28 +8 49
3 Fortaleza 28 +8 48
4 Flamengo 25 +23 46
5 Red Bull Bragantino 28 +12 46
6 Internacional 28 +7 41
7 Corinthians 28 +4 41
8 Fluminense 28 -2 39
9 Atlético-GO 27 0 37
10 América-MG 28 -2 35
11 Cuiabá 28 -1 35
12 Athletico-PR 27 -4 34
13 São Paulo 28 -5 34
14 Ceará 28 -4 33
15 Bahia 28 -7 32
16 Santos 28 -9 32
17 Juventude 28 -9 29
18 Sport 28 -9 27
19 Grêmio 26 -9 26
20 Chapecoense 28 -25 13