RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Sao Caetano striker Martin Garcia scored an amazing goal from the centre-circle as the red cards flowed in the Brazilian championship on Wednesday.
The Colombian's remarkable strike set his relegation-threatened team on the way to a 3-1 win over Figueirense, who had three players and their coach sent off.
As the ball bounced in the centre-circle, Garcia saw Figueirense goalkeeper Andrey off his line and scored with a rugby-style hoof up the field which flew over the startled keeper and into the top of the net.
Further goals from Leandro Lima, in the 36th minute, and Anderson Lima, in the 81st, gave Sao Caetano the points.
Figueirense had midfielder Rodrigo Souto sent off in the 27th minute for elbowing. He was followed by Vinicius in the second half for a cynical late tackle and Cicero for dissent, while coach Lemos was ordered from the touchline for protesting.
Sao Caetano are 18th in the 20-team table, from which the bottom four go down, with 33 points. Figueirense are 10th.
The night's seven matches produced eight red cards with 19th-placed Fortaleza having Alan and Emerson dismissed in their 3-0 defeat by Palmeiras.
Alan was sent off for dissent and Emerson for a petulant kick at an opponent after their side fell three goals behind.
Paulo Baier, Enilton and former Middlesbrough midfielder Juninho Paulista scored for Palmeiras, who had lost their previous four games and are 15th with 40 points.
Flamengo had defender Juan sent off for a vicious elbowing incident in their 1-0 win over Goias and Atletico Paranaense defender Michel was dismissed for punching an opponent as his side lost 2-1 at home to Corinthians.
Vasco da Gama's Jorge Luiz was the other player to get his marching orders in the 3-1 win over Parana.
The evening's top game, between second-placed Internacional and third-placed Santos, was tame by comparison, with no goals and no red cards.
Internacional, who have 63 points, moved within four points of leaders Sao Paulo, who are at home to Botafogo on Thursday.
Santos dropped to fourth below Gremio, who won 2-1 at Juventude.