Ceará beats Bahia and is one step closer to lifting the Nordeste title
The game started at a slow pace, studied and stopped. But it started to warm up little by little, with Ceará getting more possession of the ball and dominating the plays and Bahia with compact marking. The first dangerous move did not take place until 17 minutes, after Élber’s run in midfield.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 26th minute. Fabinho failed to get the ball out and was disarmed by Flávio. It left Fernandão in a good condition to go clear on goal and he made no mistake with his finish.
Bahia failed to hold on to their lead for barely anytime and conceded just after two minutes. Fernando Sobral was tail to tail with Juninho Capixaba in a chase. Goalkeeper Anderson tried to protect the ball, but ended up colliding with the defender, leaving the goal free for Fernando Sobral to tie the game.
It was a horror day for goalkeeper Anderson. Ceará completed the comeback in the 57th minute after Cleber scored a good header from a cross. Mateus completed the victory in the 74th minute with a deflected shot and it was all but over.
With the result, Ceará hold an advantage of two goals for the return game, which happens next Tuesday, also in Pituaçu. Bahia needs to win by three goals to win the title.