South America: Palmeiras lose more ground in the title race losing to Gremio; 22-man brawl mars Flu’s defeat of Cerro Porteno in the Copa Sudamericana

Gremio 2 – Palmeiras 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, November 18, 2009) Gremio’s first goal came in the stoppage time of the first half as Palmeiras keeper Marcos was able to keep out a shot from Maxi Lopes and Rafael Marques was on hand to score the rebound. Gremio‘s second goal came in the 70th minute as Maxi Lopes dribbled between two defenders and blew the ball past Marcos.

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Fluminense 2 – Cerro Porteno 1 (Copa Sudamericana, November 18, 2009) (Agg. 3-1) Cerro Porteno, a 1-0 loser at home last week in the first leg of the semifinals, scored after only six minutes when midfielder Luis Caceres converted a cross from striker Cesar Ramirez which deflected in off a Fluminense defender. The score stayed that way until two minutes into second half injury-time when defender Gum struck home, and three minutes later Alan dramatically made it 2-1. That sparked a vicious 22-man brawl between Fluminense and Cerro Porteno players at the final whistle which needed the armed police to step in an break up the fighting.


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