October 27, 2019 / 9:26 PM / 21 days ago

Gremio bounce back from Libertadores exit with 3-0 win

Soccer Football - Brasileiro Championship - Gremio v Botafogo - Arena do Gremio, Porto Alegre, Brazil - October 27, 2019 Gremio's Maicon celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Diego Vara

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (Reuters) - Gremio bounced back from last week’s Copa Libertadores elimination to easily beat Botafogo 3-0 at home in Porto Alegre on Sunday.

Maicon put the home side ahead in 12 minutes when he ran on to a clever pass from Luciano and shot past the goalkeeper from a tight angle.

Thaciano scored a second after 71 minutes with the simplest of finishes after Diego Tardelli’s shot fell into his path.

Everton got a third from close range with 10 minutes remaining.

The win takes Gremio to within one point of sixth-place Corinthians in Brazil’s Serie A. The Porto Alegre club are in seventh, while Botafogo are in 13th.

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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