Fluminense beats Ponte Preta and goes to the round of 16 of the São Paulo Cup



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Fluminense beat Ponte Preta 3-0 this Friday afternoon (14) at the Doutor Hudson Buck Ferreira Stadium, in Matão, and won a spot in the round of 16 of the São Paulo Junior Football Cup. Now, the Moleques de Xerém will pick up the winner of Santos and Ferroviária, who would face each other this Friday from 19:30. It was the fifth victory in five games for the Carioca team, the second biggest winner of the competition with five cups. The last one was in 1989. A little earlier, in Votuporanga, Bahia defeated Votuporanguense by 1 to 0 with a goal from Patrick and is also in the round of 16.

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The first goal of the game came in Fluminense’s first attack. In the opening seconds of the duel, the tricolor attack was touching the ball without being disturbed, until it reached Jhonny on the right and he crossed the head of the striker John Kennedy. The number nine got ahead of the defense and even crouched down to score his fourth goal in the Copa São Paulo. Behind the marker, Ponte Preta tried to advance the lines and mark the rivals in the attacking field. He even managed to keep possession of the ball, but without causing danger to Thiago’s goal. The best chance of a tie came at 32min in a free kick by Maurício who hit the crossbar.

It was supposed to be three

Close behind, Fluminense bet on counterattacks, especially with Wallace and John Kennedy trying to score. But it was with Matheus Martins that the second came out. Shirt ten started on the left, invaded the area and would stop inside the goal until he was pulled by Henrique. Penalty that he took, wasting class, with the right to stop, marking Tricolor’s second in the match and his second in the tournament. The Moleques de Xerém even scored the third before the break. A great goal from Wallace, with a heel, but it was canceled by a non-existent offside.

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Cooking the Monkey

Without much else to do, Ponte Preta tried to go forward in the second half and was forced to leave even more space for Fluminense’s counterattacks. And it was Tricolor that continued closer to swinging the opposing nets. Had some chances, especially with Yago and Matheus Martins, without success. Macaca, on the other hand, did not find the way to the goal and was also overcome by discouragement, heat and, mainly, by the weather. It even allowed Flu to spare some of its main players and give a chance to some reserves. One of them, Luan Brito, took advantage. First he forced the expulsion of defender Felipinho and, at 46min, he closed the score with a firm hit from outside the area. Four minutes later, the final whistle that kept the Cariocas not only with 100% success in the championship, but also on the way to conquering the sixth, and long unseen, cup of the Copa São Paulo.

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