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Fred makes Fluminense comeback in win over Goias

Fred joined Fluminense on a free transfer from French side Lyon
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Fluminense striker Fred made his first appearance since the World Cup with an outing from the bench as his side beat Goias 2-0 to move up to second in the Brasileirao championship, four points off the leadrers Cruzeiro.

Former Brazil forward Fred, 30, endured a difficult summer after coming in for fierce criticisms of his international displays and a solitary goal in the entire World Cup tournament.

However, he played the final 30 minutes of a third straight Fluminense win and his boss Cristovao Borges said after the game: "Fred was ok. He moved and managed to appear well."

"I did not start with him as I wanted to put him on in the second half, with the opponent tiring."

Since joining Flu in 2009, Fred has scored a very healthy 62 goals in 96 league appearances, including the title-clinching goal of their victorious 2012 campaign.

In his Brazil career, he managed a respectable 18 goals in 39 caps, but was often labelled as lazy for his contributions around the pitch.


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