São Paulo end Palmeiras’ unbeaten run and ease into semis
Washington’s early goal for São Paulo was enough to see off Palmeiras in the estádio Morumbi. The big frontman now has 11 goals to his name – just one behind the league’s top scorer, Keirrison.
The big derby match between was something of a damp squib with Palmeiras struggling to make any headway against a resolute São Paulo backline marshalled by the outstanding André Dias.
A few rounds ago against Corinthians, Keirrison hardly had a chance on goal. And it was the same story versus São Paulo.
The result ensured São Paulo a place in the playoffs and ended Palmeiras hopes of going through the championship without losing.
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Corinthians could only draw 0-0 away at troubled Guarani. They are now the only unbeaten team in the Paulista. The result was bad for both clubs. Corinthians dropped to third in the table. Guarani are now bottom.
Portuguesa remained in contention after they smashed Marília 4-1 in the estádio Canindé with goals from Christian, Edno and a brace from Fellype Gabriel.
Santos’ chances of making the top four took a knock when they were held 0-0 by Barueri.
The result boosted Santo André’s hopes of qualifying especially after their 3-1 win over Oeste.
just two games remain in the group stage. With Palmeiras and São Paulo qualified, and Corinthians almost certain of joining them; the remaining place in the semis will be fought out between Portuguesa, Santos and Santo André.
The situation is less clear at the bottom where only six points separate the bottom ten teams. Four side will go down. The final group stage games will be played on Sunday April 5th.
See the Campeonato Paulista round 17 table and the rest of the results here
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