Luis Suarez underlines world class status

By Jamie Hale

FORMER Liverpool striker Luis Suarez showed he is still at the top of his game as he notched an incredible hat-trick as Gremio staged an amazing fightback to win 4-3 at Botafoga in Brazil’s Serie A.

Gremio were trailing 3-1 until Uruguayan Suarez fired a hat-trick in 19 minutes to leave Botafoga flabbergasted.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa fired Botafoga ahead, which was quickly cancelled out by Everton’s strike.

Santos Junior restored Botafoga’s lead and Marlon Freitas made it 3-1 within minutes of the restart but the Suarez late show drew Gremio level on points with Botafoga, who have a game in hand, with five rounds left.

It didn’t take long for the action to heat up as Diego Costa, ex-Chelsea and Atletico Madrid scored 6 minutes in to give the hosts a ‘Deserved lead’.

3 minutes later Everton, on loan from Tombense scored the equaliser, 10 minutes in and the score at one-a-piece in the game.

Botafoga then piled on the pressure and were rewarded for their hard work just before the half hour mark as Junior Santos gave the hosts the lead.

The Half-time whistle cried out to the 30,000 in attendance as the points tally stood at 62-56 giving Botafoga a 6 point lead before the second half.

A minute after the restart and Botafoga caught Gremio sleeping scoring through Marlon Freitas who doubled the table topping sides lead.

Then the ex-Barcelona European Golden shoe winner Luis Suarez showed us a glimpse of his capabilities within a 19 minute span from the 50th minute.

All his own work showed as his first was in the back of the net much to the misery of the hosts keeper Perri.

His second was expertly finished into the bottom left corner after being set up in the 53rd minute by Ferreira.

The 69th minute came and finished the bout between the two as Luis Suarez completed his Hat-trick in Luis Suarez fashion by blasting the ball into the mid-region of the hosts net.

Gremio still sit second with a game more than Botafoga, still chasing their first Brasiliera in 5 years.

Credit for Luis Suarez photo