Matthew Hojaij


Camisa 36 scored both of Peixe’s goals in the 2-0 victory over Fortaleza, making the team more and more distant from relegation.

Marcos Leonardo, Santos forward (Photo: Getty Images)
Marcos Leonardo, Santos forward (Photo: Getty Images)

On Thursday night (25), the Santos won the strength 2-0 in Vila Belmiro, for the 35th round of the Brazilian championship. The result left Peixe eight points ahead of Bahia, the first team in the relegation zone, with only three matches left for Brasileirão to finish. The two goals were scored by Mark Leonardo, in the second step.

The first was a penalty kick, with a certain amount of emotion: after a free kick in the middle of the goal, Marcelo Boeck even touched the ball with his foot, but it slipped into the back of the net, to the relief and euphoria of the entire Vila Belmiro. In the end, Marcos Leonardo scored with Gabriel Pirani and submitted beautifully, in the left corner.

In the interview given to Premiere after the game, the Santos forward reported that he feared the worst in the penalty kick: “Honestly, when the ball hit there, I got butterflies in my stomach, but, thank God, the ball went in. God gave the gift, I thank Him, fatigue and everyone for having confidence to knock. Let’s work moment by moment, step by step”.

He also spoke about the feeling of seeing Santos practically free from relegation, after a big suffocation throughout the championship: “It’s an inexplicable feeling, very good, of being able to score, a relief for the fans, for our group. I didn’t even want to be at that moment, but we did it, we’re going to take it off. We work hard for this. Now, a lot of relief.”

With 45 points, Santos should start projecting the next season, having only three games to play in the season. The team returns to the field next Sunday (28), against Internacional, in Beira-Rio, in Porto Alegre. In the final two rounds, the opponents will be Flamengo (away) and Cuiabá (home).

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