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Palmeiras 2-3 Fluminense: Fred inspires Flu to seal fourth Brasileirão title

Fluminense have sealed this season’s Brasileirão title after a late goal from Fred gave them a 3-2 win at relegation-threatened Palmeiras.

The league’s top scorer led his side to their second title in three years, opening the scoring on the stroke of halftime in Presidente Prudente.

Palmeiras goalkeeper Bruno couldn't hold onto a close-range shot by Wellington Nem, and the striker took advantage of the rebound to drive the ball into the net.

Fred then turned provider by hitting the cross that Palmeiras defender Mauricio Ramos directed into his own net in the 54th minute.

Argentina striker Hernan Barcos pulled one back for Palmeiras in the 61st and midfielder Patrick Vieira equalised four minutes later.

However, Fred sealed Fluminense's victory by scoring his 19th goal of the season with a shot from near the penalty spot following a cross from midfielder Jean.

The 88th-minute strike sealed the club’s fourth national title, following triumphs in 2010, 1984 and 1970.

There are still three rounds remaining this season but Atlético Mineiro’s 1-1 draw with Vasco da Gama means Fluminense are now 10 points clear at the top.

Grêmio have moved into second place after they came from behind to beat São Paulo 2-1, thanks to a winning goal from Bolivia striker Marcelo Moreno.

There is even more pressure on 18th-placed Palmeiras now as the club are seven points from safety.


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