Pushed by a packed São Januário, receiving the public after almost 90 days of ban, Vasco beat Coritiba 5 x 1 this Thursday (21) in the 24th round of the Brazilian Championship. With goals from Zé Gabriel, Rossi, Pablo Vegetti (twice) and Gabriel Pec, Cruzmaltino got closer to leaving the relegation zone, just two points behind Bahia, the first team outside the Z4. Excited, Vasco fans on social media said: “don’t fall!”.

Vasco’s excitement isn’t just about the result. Today, the team practically dominated Coxa and showed that their home ground can be a fortress for the rest of the championship. With Argentine Ramon Díaz training, the Rio club scored 14 of the 21 possible points in the last seven rounds.

To further boost the fans’ confidence in Z4’s departure, Vasco has one game less compared to all rivals in the table – another direct confrontation, this time against América-MG this Monday (25), away from House. Check out the Vasco fans insisting that their team won’t fall.

Strikers Rossi and Vegetti have a luxurious night in São Januário

In addition to the great performances of Puma Rodríguez, Zé Gabriel, Lucas Piton and Paulinho Paula, strikers Rossi and Vegetti were the team’s main highlights. About the Brazilian striker, who just returned to the team, it’s a love story. Still at halftime, at the Premiere, Rossi praised the feeling he has for Vasco and the affection of the fans.

– Everyone knows the love I have for this club and only my family knows how much I wanted to return here. Scoring the goal, coming back here after so long away, is a moment of great joy. They (fans) are awesome – said Rossi, while his name was shouted by the fans.

The experienced Pablo Vegetti, 34 years old, was a sure investment, hired last month. Coming from the modest Belgrano, the Argentine striker has six goals and one assist in the seven matches he has played with the Cruz de Malta club. He is already a phenomenon among fans, also praised for his pirate celebration and the similarity of his name to the character Vegeta, from Dragon Ball Z.

Gigante’s fight for relegation

The next two rounds will be decisive for Vasco. In addition to the duel against second-placed America, Gigante da Colina visits Santos, in 17th place. Two wins in these matches could represent an advantage of two rounds for Cruzmaltino – which has been in the relegation zone in all 24 rounds played so far in the Brasileirão.

Coritiba, with 14 points, and América, with 17, distanced themselves from Vasco and Santos, the other Z4 teams, and need to react to avoid falling behind. Bahia (25), Goiás (26) and the giants Corinthians (27) and São Paulo (28) are also close to the zone.

Initially coached by Mauricio Barbieri, fired in June, Vasco with Ramon Díaz has four wins in nine matches – previously, Cruzmaltino had won only twice in 14 rounds. Still with the Argentine there were three defeats and a draw. The attack is also highlighted in the last two matches, with nine goals scored.

Vasco’s next games

  • América x Vasco – Brazilian Championship – Arena Independência – Sunday (25/09), at 8pm (Brasília time);
  • Santos x Vasco – Brazilian Championship – Vila Belmiro – Sunday (1/10), at 4pm (Brasília time);
  • Vasco x São Paulo – Brazilian Championship – São Januário – Saturday (7/10), at 6:30 pm (Brasília time).

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