Dimitri Payet gives Vasco da Gama victory with his first goal in Brazil
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Dimitri Payet gives Vasco da Gama victory with his first goal in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – French playmaker Dimitri Payet gave his club Vasco da Gama a victory against Fortaleza (1-0) on Wednesday, thanks to his first goal scored in the Brazilian championship since his arrival in mid-August.

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The 36-year-old France international, transferred from Olympique de Marseille, scored in the 58th minute with a low shot from the edge of the area, opening his Brazilian account in his seventh meeting with the Rio de Janeiro club. .

“It took me a while to adapt to the rhythm of Brazilian football, but I had been waiting a long time to experience the joy of scoring a goal with a shirt as important as Vasco da Gamas. I couldn’t wait for it to happen. , but it happened in the end, the player said after the meeting.

The Frenchman’s goal allows Vasco da Gama to at least temporarily leave the red zone during this 27th day of the Brazilian first division championship. The Carioca team now has 30 points, as Santos, first relegated, but who have one game less.

An ex-player for Marseille, but also from Saint-Etienne, Lille, Nantes or West Ham, in the Premier League, Payet had been the summer recruit for Vasco da Gama, 19th and penultimate in the championship after 18 games when he arrived.

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