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Fluminense 0-0 Exeter City

Players from both sides pose for a photo before Sunday's game
exetercityfc.co.uk

Exeter City played Fluminense Under-23s on Sunday in a game marking the 100th anniversary of Brazil's first ever match, which was against the Devon side.

600 invited fans, including 170 that travelled from Exeter, were inside the historic stadium in Laranjeiras where the 1914 encounter between the Grecians and a select side from the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro took place.

The ‘Seleção’, as it came to be known, ran out 2-0 winners that day, but that scoreline was not to be repeated on Sunday. Depite enjoying much of the possession, Fluminense rarely threatened, while Liam Sercombe, Jimmy Keohane and Matt Jay all wasted chances for City.

"It was fantastic occasion with the history and to be involved in a game like that was amazing for us," Exeter midfielder Matt Oakley told BBC Radio Devon.

"They started probably the better side, but in the second half we were better and I thought we had the better chances in the game and could have nicked it.

"There were a lot of photos for the history books and speeches to mark the occasion, so it was difficult for us to get ready for the game because we had a 30 or 40-minute wait after we had warmed up.

"It was something that will give me a lot of memories and something to take away. To stand in the centre circle and have the Christ the Redeemer statue looking over you was quite impressive."

 
 

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