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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 38 +39 81
2 Internacional 38 +27 73
3 Fluminense 38 +22 70
4 Corinthians 38 +8 65
5 Flamengo 38 +21 62
6 Athletico-PR 38 0 58
7 Atlético-MG 38 +8 58
8 Fortaleza 38 +7 55
9 São Paulo 38 +13 54
10 América-MG 38 0 53
11 Botafogo 38 -2 53
12 Santos 38 +3 47
13 Goiás 38 -13 46
14 Red Bull Bragantino 38 -10 44
15 Coritiba 38 -21 42
16 Cuiabá 38 -11 41
17 Ceará 38 -7 37
18 Atlético-GO 38 -18 36
19 Avaí 38 -26 35
20 Juventude 38 -40 22