Corinthians top Paulista
Corinthians are sitting pretty at the top of the São Paulo state championship after a 3-2 win away at Paulista FC on Wednesday.
Mano Meneze’s team struck first but then found themselves trailing 2-1 before the end of the first-half. But a brace from Chicão (including yet another penalty) saved the day for Corinthians and cost the job of Paulista coach, Luiz Carlos Ferreira. Giba has already taken charge. See the goals
On Saturday, Corinthians host an improving Portuguesa in the estádio Pacaembu – a game you can see with us at 17:00 local time.
Palmeiras remain 2nd and a point behind but with a game in hand after appearing in the Libertadores this week. Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s charges take on bitter rivals Santos in the Palestra Itália on Sunday and we’ll be covering the game. The signs are that it will be better than the meeting in the Paulista last year – a diabolically bad match that ended in a 0-0 draw.
Barueri are 3rd after a 1-0 home win vs Ituano.
Santos were finding it tough going against São Caetano in the Vila Belmiro. Santos were unlucky when Roni’s effort came off both posts. Márcio Fernandes side have been denied by the woodwork a staggering eight times in their last two games (six vs Ituano, two on Thursday). Róbson’s introduction in the second-half changed the course of the match. The former Mogi Mirim man changed his name from Robinho when he arrived at the Vila in 2008. But injuries wrecked a promising start. The 21-year-old invigorated Santos and scored twice to take the points from a plucky São Caetano. See the goals
São Paulo concede first against Bragantino in the estádio Morumbi. Keeper Rogério Ceni made a school boy error when he failed to tip Marcelo Godri’s shot clear. Ceni was later substituted because of a thigh injury, which may keep him out for the next two weeks. However, Washington and André Dias came to São Paulo’s rescue and Muricy Ramalho’s men avoided a second straight defeat. See the goals
Santo Andrés’ 3-0 victory at Mirassol has lifted them to 6th. The win was the ABC outfits third in a row – a significant change in fortune considering they lost their two first matches.
Bragantino, Mogi Mirim, Marília and Noroeste occupy the relegation slots. The latter have picked up just one point but do have a game in hand – though as it’s against Palmeiras it may not do them much good.
See the all the results and the table of the Campeonato Paulista round 5 here