Fluminense and Atletico-PR draw 2-2

10:09, October 25, 2010      

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In a hard fought game, home team Atletico-PR allowed Fluminense to battle to a 2-2 draw on Sunday in the 31st round of the Brazilian soccer championship.

The result takes Fluminense to first place of the tournament with seven rounds remaining.

After a scoreless first half, the home team scored first. Veteran captain Paulo Baier crossed the ball to the front of the Fluminense goal. Fluminense striker Washington leaped in the air in an attempt to clear the ball, but his header sent the ball into the back of his own goal in the 61st minute.

Fluminense responded by tying the match in the 69th minute. Receiving the ball off a give-and-go with Rodriguinho, Marquinho slammed the ball on a bounce into the left side of the Atletico-PR goal.

Atletico-PR reclaimed the lead in the 82nd minute. Dribbling down to the end of the field, Wagner Diniz lofted the ball towards the front of the goal. Fluminense keeper Ricardo Berna tried to swat the ball out of dangers way, but he ended up slapping the ball into his own goal.

As the game was winding down, Atletico-PR's Ivan Gonzalez pushed down Tarta inside the penalty box. Awarded a penalty kick, team captain Conca took command of the kick, firing it into the upper right side of the goal, tying the match.

The result was good enough to provisionally take Fluminense into first place with 54 points. However, their standing depends on the result of the match between Cruzeiro, also with 54 points, and Atletico-MG later on Sunday.

Atletico-PR remains in seventh place with 47 points. In the 32nd round, the team will receive Sao Paulo on October 28. On the same day, Fluminense will host Gremio.

Source: Xinhua


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