Corinthians see off Palmeiras to go top of Paulista
In the first big derby in the Campeonato Paulista, a goal from Jorge Henrique was enough to give Corinthians their first win against Palmeiras since 2006 and send the Musketeers to the top of the league.
Henrique’s goals came with just six minutes on the on clock after the diminutive forward out jumped the Palmeiras defence. Moments later, though, the experienced Roberto Carlos made an unnecessarily heavy challenge on João Arthur and was red-carded. The former Brazil left back has not impressed since his return to the country and with more displays like this he may even struggle to get in to one of the biggest squads in Brazil.
Palmeiras were without the creative talents of Diego Souza and Deivid Sacconi and found it hard to capitalise on their numerical advantage. Playmaker Cleiton Xavier was sent off in the second-half and after this performance, it is clear that Palmeiras need to reinforce if they want to take this Paulista. See the highlights here
On Saturday at the Vila Belmiro, Neymar was in outstanding form against a stubborn Oeste. The 17-year-old had a hand in Santos’ opener, which was put away by André; and scored his sides’ second with a confident finish. New coach Dorival Júnior has got Santos playing some attractive, neat football in his short tenure. The coastal team were a delight to watch at times and though no big names were brought in (until you know who signed last week), Santos are easily the most watchable side in the competition. See the highlights here
São Paulo scraped a point away at minnows Sertãozinho thanks to a late equalizer by Jorge Wagner (it was actually an own-goal by Marcos Vinícius by the ref gave it to the São Paulo man). The game finished 2-2 but coach Ricardo Gomes and São Paulo’s fans will not have been happy with another below par performance, which saw the club slide to 8th.
Centreback André Dias had been rested and could be on his way out of the Morumbi. Lazio have tabled a €2.5 million bid and it seems that the Italians are about to get a very good defender on the cheap.
Botafogo are now 3rd after a 2-1 win away at Portuguesa. Santo André, who were relegated from the top flight of the Brasileiro last season, are now 4th following a
2-1 win at Juninho Paulista’s Ituano.
Goals to come
See the Campeonato Paulista round 5 table and the rest of the results here
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