Sao Paulo, Brazil (SportsNetwork.com) – Sao Paulo remained within six points
of leaders Cruzeiro thanks to a 77th-minute goal from Kaka, which lifted Sao
Paulo to a 2-1 win at Vitoria.
Luis Fabiano was responsible for putting Sao Paulo into the lead in the 14th
minute when he got on the other end of a free kick from Osvaldo to head his
side in front.
The hosts responded in the 56th with a long-range effort from Kadu that found
the top left corner of the net to level the contest at 1-1.
However, Kaka found space in the middle of the penalty area to collect a ball
from Fabiano and fire home a right-footed shot to hand his side all three
Sao Paulo remains four points clear of a trio of teams in third place, while
Vitoria is one point above the bottom three.
Cruzeiro maintained its place atop the league by scoring three times in the
second half to notch a 3-1 win over Criciuma, which took the lead three
minutes into the game through Lucca.
However, Cruzeiro scored three times over the final 30 minutes with goals from
Marcelo Moreno, Ricardo Goulart and Willian.
Atletico Mineiro won 2-0 at Palmeiras behind goals from Tiago Pagnussat and
Dodo, Diederrick Joel’s goal on the stroke of halftime was enough to lead
Coritiba to a 1-0 win over Fluminense and Cleo scored a goal in each half as
Atletico PR toppled Botafogo, 2-0.
Alan Ruiz scored a second-half brace to help Gremio to a 4-1 win over
Internacional, Figueirense edged Chapecoense, 1-0, thanks to a second-half
goal from Marcao, Sport Recife scored twice in the final two minutes to
salvage a 2-2 draw against Flamengo, which led 2-0 after 25 minutes thanks to
goals from Marcio Araujo and Nixon, Corinthians held off Santos, 1-0, after
Jose Paolo Guerrero’s goal in the seventh minute, while Erik’s two-goal outing
led Goias to a 3-0 win over Bahia.