Bahia breathes, Grêmio agonizes and Atlético-MG celebrates with the fans

Bahians leave the Z4, while gauchos may fall this second

Published in 05/12/2021 - 18:31 By Lincoln Chaves - Repórter da TV Brasil e da Rádio Nacional - undefined

Three games opened, this Sunday (4), the 37th and penultimate round of the Brazilian Championship. At Neo Química Arena, in São Paulo, the 1-1 draw between Corinthians and Grêmio complicated the Gauchos, who depend on other results not to be relegated to Serie B this Monday (6). In Salvador, at Arena Fonte Nova, Bahia beat Fluminense by 2-0, temporarily leaving the Z4. Atlético-MG, champion by anticipation, defeated Red Bull Bragantino by 4-3 at Mineirão, in Belo Horizonte, celebrating the title alongside the fans.

In São Paulo, Grêmio took the lead in the 38th minute of the first half, with Diego Souza. He took advantage of the leftover from a cross from striker Ferreira on the left, which full-back Fábio Santos didn't take, to swing goalkeeper Cássio's net. At 40 of the final stage, midfielder Renato Augusto hit a beautiful shot from outside the area, in the angle of goalkeeper Gabriel Grando, avoiding the defeat in Alvinegra.

ATLÉTICO x BRAGANTINO 05.12.2021 - CAMPEONATO BRASILEIRO
ATHLETIC x BRAGANTINO 12.05.2021 - BRAZILIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Pedro Souza/Atletico mineiro/publication

The Tricolor went to 40 points and remains in the eighteenth position. If Cuiabá and Juventude, who are three points ahead, at least tie with Fortaleza and São Paulo, respectively, in this second, the fall to the second division will be decreed. Alvinegro, in turn, rose to 57 points and secured a direct spot to the group stage of the next Libertadores.

Corinthians benefited from Fluminense's defeat by Bahia. The Cariocas follow in seventh, opening the pre-Libertadores zone, with 51 points. The Steel Squadron went to 43 points, in the fifteenth position, leaving the Z4, overtaking Cuiabá and Juventude (who have the same score) for having more victories.

Forward Gilberto was the protagonist of the Bahian triumph, scoring both goals for the hosts. At 38 minutes into the first half, shirt nine opened the scoring by taking a penalty. At 46, he covered goalkeeper Marcos Felipe, who was ahead, setting the score in Salvador.

At Mineirão, Keno put Atlético-MG ahead of Bragantino in the 19th minute of the initial stage, from outside the area. At 38, fellow striker Ytalo took advantage of a rebound from goalkeeper Everson to make everything the same. On the way back from the break, just a minute away, forward Arthur turned the score around following a corner kick. Four minutes later, midfielder Matías Zaracho tied again. At 32, forward Jefferson Savarino, with his head, decreed the comeback. In the 42nd minute, forward Hulk expanded. In additions, Arthur discounted for the Paulistas.

The athletic party continued after the final whistle, with the fans watching the team lift the Brazilian Cup, which they hadn't won for 50 years, on the Mineirão lawn. The miners were 84 points, 11 ahead of the vice-leader Flamengo. Bragantino remains with 53 points and is waiting for the round to be completed to find out if they already guarantee a spot for the next Libertadores. Gross Mass is in sixth place.

The games in the last round will be played this Thursday (9), at 9:30 pm (Brasilia time). Grêmio receives Atlético at the Arena, in Porto Alegre. Corinthians takes on Juventude at Alfredo Jaconi stadium, in Caxias do Sul (RS). Bahia visits Fortaleza at Arena Castelão, in the capital of Ceará. Bragantino will face Internacional at the Nabi Abi Chedid stadium, in Bragança Paulista (SP).

Text translated using artificial intelligence.

Edition: Bruna Saniele

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