Leader Palmeiras defeats champion Mineiro and maintains advantage in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Sep 28 (EFE) .- Palmeiras, with a solitary goal from defender Murilo, defeated Atlético Mineiro 0-1 at home this Wednesday and maintained the nine-point lead in the Brazilian soccer league.

At the close of the twenty-eighth day of the Brazilian Championship Series A, the team from São Paulo, led by the Portuguese Abel Ferreira, reached 60 points, nine more than Fluminense, who scored on the date.

With the defeat, Mineiro, last champion of the League, continues without getting off the ground in seventh position, with 40 points.

The ‘Flu’, now with 51 integers, won 4-0 at the Maracana stadium over Juventude, with goals from Samuel Xavier, Michel Araujo, Colombian Jhon Arias and Argentine striker Germán Ezequel Cano, tournament scorer.

In the other games, Sao Paulo (37 points) thrashed Avaí de Florianópolis (28) 4-0 on Sunday, in a game brought forward by their trip to Argentina to play the final of the South American Cup against Ecuadorian Independiente del Valle.

On Tuesday, Santos (37 units) beat Athletico Paranaense (44) 2-0, led by experienced coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and Copa Libertadores finalist.

Already this Wednesday, Corinthians (47 points) beat Atlético Goianiense 2-1 (22); Fortaleza (34) beat Flamengo (45) 3-2 -the other finalist in the Libertadores- and Coritiba (31) won 1-0 over Ceará (31).

Cuiabá (30 units) beat America 1-0 (31); Internacional (50), third in the table, gave up a 0-0 draw with Bragantino and Goiás (37) lost 0-1 to Botafogo (37).

(c) EFE Agency

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