Cano scores a four-of-a-kind, Fluminense overwhelms Volta Redonda 7-0 and goes to the Carioca final



Fernando Diniz’s side are unfamiliar with the Cidade do Aço and reach their fourth consecutive final. Cano is now the competition’s top scorer with 14 goals

Fluminense seeks its 33rd Carioca Championship title (Photo: Armando Paiva / LANCE!)

Ball and fourth place followed to the final of Brazilian championship. OR Fluminense received Volta Redonda this Saturday at the Maracanã and was unaware of the Cidade do Aço team. In an impeccable performance, Fernando Diniz’s team beat their rival 7-0 (8-2 on aggregate) and find themselves in the decider of the state tournament.

In front of more than 46,000 fans, Samuel Xavier, Cano (four times), Alexsander and Martinelli scored the goals of the match. Now the Tricolor awaits the opponent for the final, which will be known this Sunday. The games will be in April.


The start of the match could not have been better for Fluminense, who scored two goals in less than ten minutes. Behind in the aggregate, Tricolor went on the attack and opened the scoring with Samuel Xavier, three-handed, after good Keno play down the left. Four minutes later, Nino headed the goalkeeper’s defense from a free-kick in the area, and Cano took advantage of the rebuttal to extend.

Samuel Xavier scored his first goal of the season (Photo: Armando Paiva / LANCE!)


Fluminense continued to press Volta Redonda even with comfortable scoring, and Fernando Diniz’s side reached their third goal in the 23rd minute. On a beautiful through ball from Paulo Henrique Ganso, Alexsander came face-to-face with goalkeeper Vinicius and hit the corner to score his first professional goal. With a header, Martinelli added the fourth in the 39th minute after Arias was lifted up.


The Italian appetite continued in the first half, and Cano scored the fifth goal in stoppage time. After a hit and rebound, Nino receives it from Samuel Xavier at the entrance to the area and delivers it to Cano. At the plate, No. 14 hit the corner and scored his second goal of the game.

Fluminense massacred Volta Redonda at the Maracanã (Photo: Mailson Santana / Fluminense)


Fluminense took their foot off the gas a bit in the second half but still scored twice more. Defender Alix Vinicius elbowed John Arias inside the box and the referee, with the help of the VAR, awarded a penalty. On the attack, in the 18th minute, Cano takes a corner and scores Flu’s sixth goal, the third in the match. In the 40th minute, with a good Keno move, number 14 turns around in the area and scores the seventh, the fourth in the match. He is now the top scorer of Cariocão with 14 goals.


Fluminense is in the final for the fourth consecutive year. In search of the second championship, the Tricolor is now waiting for the winner of the other semifinal to meet his opponent. This Sunday Vasco and Flamengo face off, and Rubro-Negro, after winning the first leg 3-2, will play a draw. Cruz-Maltino will make the decision if they win for having a better season in the Guanabara Cup. The games will be held on April 2 and 9.

Cano scores two hat-tricks in 2023 (Photo: Armando Paiva / LANCE!)


Fluminense 7 x 0 Volta Redonda

Carioca Championship 2023

Semifinal – Return

Date and time: 03/18/2023, 4 pm (from Brasilia)

Local: Maracanã Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ)

Referee: Wagner do Nascimento Magalhaes

Assistants: Thiago Rosa de Oliveira Esposito and Wallace Muller Barros Santos

VAR: Rodrigo Nunes de Sa

Paying public: 43,550

Audience present: 46,874

Income: BRL 1,797,318.50

Goals: Samuel Xavier, 3’/1ºT (1-0); Cano, 7’/1ºT (2-0); Alexsander, 23’1ºT (3-0); Martinelli, 39’/T1 (4-0); Cano, 47’/T1 (5-0); Cano, 18’/2ºT (6-0); Barrel, 40’/2ºT (7-0)

Yellow cards: Alexsander, Ganso, Cano and Nino (FLU); Dudu, Bruno Barra and Rogério Corrêa (VRE)

Red cards: Alix Vinicius (VRE)


FLUMINENSE (Coach: Fernando Diniz)

Fábio (Pedro Rangel, 9’/2ºT); Samuel Xavier, Nino, David Braz (David Braz, 22’/T2) and Alexsander (Guga, 33’/T2); André, Martinelli (Lima, 22’/T2) and Ganso (Gabriel Pirani, 22’/T2); Arias, Cano and Keno.

VOLTA REDONDA (Coach: Rogério Correa)

Vinicio Dias; Wellington Silva (Iury, 19’/2ºT), Alix Vinicius, Marcão Costa and Ricardo Sena; Bruno Barra, Dudu (Danrley, first half) and Luciano Naninho (Marco Gabriel, 19’/2ºT); Luizinho (Berguinho, halftime), Pedrinho (Henrique Silva, halftime) and Lelê.

Source: Terra

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