Five sent off as Gremio flop again

September 1, 2003
By Brian Homewood
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Five players were sent off as Fluminense beat Gremio 2-0 in a bad-tempered relegation battle which left the former South American champions bottom of the Brazilian championship at the weekend.

Brazil midfielder Alex scored a hat-trick to help Cruzeiro beat Guarani 4-1 and go back to the top of the table, overtaking defending champions Santos, who were held 0-0 by lowly Fortaleza.

Fluminense, who won with goals by striker Marcelo and midfielder ...

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