Fortaleza started the new season of Seria A in the best way possible, as they were victorious in their first match on the road Atletico MG, outplaying them with a 1:2 result.
They conceded first from the penalty in the 40th but managed to respond over Pikachu later on in the 60th minute.
Even though considered serious underdogs by the bookies, the guests put up with a decent fight, and successfully scored one more just before the full time, again over Pikachu, and opened their season with a morale-boosting victory showing the great play in the transition.
Central defender Jackson should be the only absentee worry for the hosts.
Internacional made a setback during their first match this season in Serie A, as they failed to be more convincing and took only a point in a 2:2 home draw against Sport Recife.
They opened the match in a nearly perfect manner and went on a break with a 2:0 lead, but unfortunately, completely lost the momentum in the continuation.
They allowed the guests to level up the score, thus failing to meet the expectations in the first round, simply doing very little in the attack in the second halftime.
They will miss goalkeeper Fernandes, central-back Moledo and defensive midfielder Dourado due to injuries. Forward Guerrero and offensive Palacios are out on international duty.
Fortaleza vs Internacional H2H
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An open match is expected
Judging by their first appearances during their opening matches, it is safe to say that both sides will approach this one with only a victory in their mind. Surely enough, they showed encouraging offensive potential in the first round, and at least in my opinion, it is difficult to see that one side manages to walk away with a clean sheet out of this encounter.