Gremio vs Nautico by DamirJ
Gremio is coming after a first loss in five matches as they lost 1:3 away to Corinthians, receiving two goals in first eleven minutes of the game, which was also a half-time result. Although they managed to reduce the deficit with a goal from Leandro in 58th minute, but failed to do something more with a conceded goal in injury time.
Still, they are at the third position, being seven points away from the second position and title challenge, but at the same time five points ahead of fifth placed Botafogo, that is chasing the fourth position for a Copa Libertadores ticket next season. The coach Luxemburgo said that the defeat away to Corinthians happen because his players didn't play football at the beginning of the game just walking at the field and standing as a result from two previous important matches they played in the short time.
Injured for this game are: Julio Cesar(defender), Fabio Aurelio (left-back), while Ze Roberto (midfielder) is suspended, while Anderson Pico (left-back) is available again and Marcelo Moreno has returned from Bolivian national team duties.
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Nautico is coming from a third match in a row without a win, this time losing to Botafogo 3:1 on the road. They conceded a goal in the first minute of the game, then another in the first-half, in the second they managed to reduce it to 2:1, but again received a goal in the injury time. Similar what happen to Gremio in the same round. However, they are still away from the dangerous positions, now six points above the relegation places.
Their coach said that he felt like the team deserved a bit more than a 1:3 defeat, cause of it's performance in the second half-time, but still accepted that they didn't enter the game well, being apathetic and not fought as they should. For this game, injured players are: midfielder Ramirez and strikers Kieza and Araujo, while Martinez midfielder is returning from a suspension.
Apart from their loss away to Corinthians last weekend, Gremio is in a good form playing matches at home. They have three wins in a row, earning it against no weaker opponents than tonight's Nautico is. They also have very good tradition playing against their guests tonight, losing only one match in previous seven years. Nautico is one of the poorest travelers in the league having only one win in twelve matches and everything but an easy win for hosts will be surprise here.
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