September 30, 2018 / 4:07 AM / 6 months ago

Soccer: Late improvised goal gives Gremio three points in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (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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