September 29, 2018 / 9:45 PM / 8 months ago

Soccer-Late improvised goal gives Gremio three points in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Everton scored an injury-time goal with a backheel to give Gremio a 1-0 win at Fluminense on Saturday and lift them into joint-second place in the Brazilian Serie A table.

The winger ran on to a threaded pass and as the keeper tried to shepherd him away from goal he backheeled the ball into the net.

“This is a magic phase for me, and there’s nothing better than scoring a goal like that,” Everton, who was recently called up to the Brazil squad for the first time, told Globo after the game.

“It was improvised. I was going to hit it as I turned. But I saw that Julio Cesar was close.”

The win takes Gremio up to 50 points, alongside Palmeiras and city rivals Internacional, both of whom play on Sunday. (Reporting by Andrew Downie, Editing by Neville Dalton)

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