By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Sports Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Botafogo and Fluminense both secured wins last night in the 22nd round of the Brasileirão to move closer to the summit of the table. With yesterday being the national Independence Day holiday, Botafogo kicked off in front of a packed stadium and promptly thrashed Ceara 4-0.
Herrera gave them the lead after just four minutes, before second half goals arrived courtesy of Herrera again, Loco Abreu and Cidinho. Botafogo move to within a point of new leaders São Paulo, who beat Atletico-MG.
Fluminense continued their resurgence with a third consecutive victory, beating Cruzeiro 2-1 away. The Tricolor are finally starting to respond to coach Abel Braga’s fluid style of football, shown in good form last night as they took the game to their opponents.
Fred opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 34 minutes and once again refused to celebrate against his hometown club. Montillo tried to get the home side back in the game, but Marquinho doubled Flu’s lead on the hour mark before the Argentine pulled one back.
Fluminense climb to sixth, while tonight Vasco host Coritiba and Flamengo travel to São Paulo to lock horns with Corinthians in a crunch encounter.
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