Ceará beats Bahia and is one step closer to lifting the Nordeste title

Ceará and Bahia faced each other in the first leg at the Nordestão final, which is worth the first double championship in the current looks of the competition. Bahia looked to be in good shape after opening the scoring with Fernandão, but Ceará responded properly with Fernando Sobral scoring two minutes later. The turnaround of Guto Ferreira's team came in the second half with as goals from Cléber and Mateus Gonçalves put them one step closer from being crowned Nordestão champions.
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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 AndersonCeará 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.

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