Scolari’s Gremio continue Brazil Serie A revival


RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) — Miguel Borja and Diego Souza scored second-half goals as Gremio continued their resurgence under manager Luiz Felipe Scolari with a 2-0 home win over Bahia in Brazil’s Serie A championship on Saturday.

Borja gave the hosts the lead just after halftime by heading in at the far post following an inch-perfect Rafinha cross.

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Former Brazil international striker Souza put the result beyond doubt by bustling past three defenders and slotting a close-range effort into the bottom left corner.

Gremio have now won three of their past four matches under Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning manager Scolari, who replaced Tiago Nunes in July.

The Porto Alegre outfit are 17th in the 20-team standings with 16 points, two points behind 13th-placed Bahia.

In other Brazilian Serie A fixtures on Saturday, Chapecoense drew 1-1 at Atletico Goianiense and Juventude were held to a 1-1 home draw by Fortaleza.

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