Matthew Hojaij

International

Striker is the highlight of Colorado’s dash in the Brazilian Championship, scoring the fourth goal since the fans’ return to Beira-Rio.

Yuri Alberto shook the nets once again against América-MG (Photo: Pedro H. Tesch/AGIF)

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Yuri Alberto shook the nets once again against América-MG (Photo: Pedro H. Tesch/AGIF)

On Wednesday night (13), the International won the America-MG 3-1, in Beira-Rio, in a match valid for the 26th round of the Brazilian championship. Patrick (twice) and Yuri Alberto scored the goals, while Ademir scored Coelho’s. The night would be perfect if Corinthians had not beaten Fluminense, and remained in the G6.

In the interview given on the way off the pitch, forward Yuri Alberto admitted that it didn’t go well today, but left his: “This environment is wonderful. I’ll thank the fans for the support they’ve given us, for having given us a lot of confidence. Also congratulate the team, for their delivery in today’s game. I didn’t play a good game, but when I had the opportunity, I scored my goal. So just thank God for the moment I’m living here at Inter”.

He was sensing that coach Diego Aguirre would take him out of the game, as happened a moment later: “Before the ball came out, before the goal happened, I said: ‘bah, I’m breaking the negation, now, the teacher is going to take me out, so I’ll have to do mine’. Thank God I had the opportunity there, I was going to be replaced, and I didn’t even know it. I think God puts people at the right time and in the right place, and I could be at the right time and in the right place to score.”.

With the goal scored in stoppage time against América-MG, Yuri Alberto became the top scorer in the 2021 Brazilian Championship, with 11 goals, ahead of Gilberto and Hulk, both with 10, and who did not score in the round. Shirt 11 revealed that he had never been top scorer in a championship: “I was never a top scorer in a major, professional championship. I think it’s just a matter of thanking God for the moment I’m living”.

To maintain the good sequence in the Brazilian Championship, and enter the G6, Internacional will face Palmeiras next Sunday (17), at Allianz Parque, at 4 pm (GMT). In the first round, Verdão won 2-1, when Diego Aguirre’s work was still in its infancy.

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