Santos are relegated to Serie B for the first time in their history in their first year without Pelé

Santos was relegated from the Brazilian league for the first time this Wednesdayafter a home defeat last game 1-2 against Fortalezain a defeat that led to riots among their fans and the burning of vehicles around the stadium.

In his first year without the eternal idol Pelé, died on December 29, 2022Santos came from the select group that had never been relegated in the Brazilian league, a privilege that now belongs only to them Flamengo, São Paulo and Cuiabáwhich premiered in 2021.

In an electrifying final day, sparks flew and in which relegation alternated throughout the ninety minutes of play Santos, Bahia and Vasco da GamaIn the end, the team from the port city of São Paulo performed worst.

Vasco da Gama, led by Argentine coach Ramón Ángel Díaz, defeated the surprising Bragantino 2-1 in Rio de Janeiroby Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha, who fought for the title but declined in the aftermath of the tournament and finished in sixth place.

While Bahía, struggling with relegation, beat Atlético Mineiro 4-1 in SalvadorContender for the title, and saved his stay in the first division.

Marinhoformer Santos player, scored the opening goal for Fortaleza, Messias partially equalized for the homeowners.

In stoppage time, when goalkeeper João Ricardo was desperate to attack, Argentine Juan Martín Lucero scored the winning goal for Fortaleza almost from midfield.

Given the disappointment of the first relegation in history The Santos fans stormed onto the pitch, but the police fought off the horde.

However, the riots shifted to the area surrounding the Vila Belmiro stadium and the angry fans They destroyed some business premises and set fire to at least two buses and several private cars.according to a partial police report.

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According to information from TV Globo Two of the burned vehicles belonged to Colombian striker Stiven Mendoza and party commissioner Wilson Roberto Santoro.but according to the authorities, it was not a deliberate but accidental action.

Santos will also compete in the second division next year Goiás, Cortiba and Americawho allocate their places to those promoted Vitória, Juventude, Criciúma and Atlético Goianiense.

In the last Santos game, Venezuelans Tomás Rincón and Yeferson Soteldo and Argentine Julio Furch started, while Uruguayan Maxi Silveira entered in the second half and Mendoza and Bolivian Miguelito Terceros did not appear.

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