Ronaldo back to spectacular best as Corinthians take commanding lead in Paulista finals
Two fabulous strikes from Ronaldo and a free kick from Chicão have put Corinthians firmly in the driving seat in the finals of the Campeonato Paulista.
Santos had the bulk of the opportunities in front of around 17,000 of their own fans but failed to capitalize and paid the price against a side which has specialized in hitting teams on the break.
Ronaldo’s goals may have come against the run of play but there was nothing wrong with the execution and already the calls for his return to Brazil’s national side are getting louder.
Triguinho’s goal in the Vila Belmiro has given Santos something to play for in the estádio Pacaembu next Sunday, but Vagner Mancini’s men will have to win by three clear goals to take the title.
Corinthians, though, have a formidable record at home and have not lost in the Pacaembu since they were beaten 1-0 by Bahia in the second division of the Brasileiro in July 2008.
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