Corinthians knock São Paulo out of the Campeonato Paulista and book place in finals
Corinthians’ 2-0 win the estádio Morumbi was more than enough to see Mano Menezes’ team into the finals where they will face Santos.
The Parque São Jorge outfit arrived needing just a draw to go through but second-half goals from Douglas and Ronaldo gave Corinthians a deserved win against a São Paulo side bereft of creativity and fighting spirit. Rodrigo’s sending off meant that there was going to be no way back against the league’s best defence. But in truth, even with 11 men, São Paulo never looked like taking control of the match.
More worrying for São Paulo’s long-term plans in the knockout phase of the Libertadores was Muricy Ramalho’s inactivity on the bench. The coach had no answer to his team’s limitations on the pitch and made just one ineffective change bringing on the youngster Wellington in place of Dagoberto.
Corinthians second goal killed off the match completely. At this point São Paulo needed at least three goals to progress and from the kick off it was obvious that the Tricolor had completely given up. Corinthians could have gone on to knock in four or five past their rivals, but surprisingly let São Paulo off the hook.
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The first leg of the finals will be played in the Vila Belmiro on Sunday 26th April. The return match is a week later in the estádio Pacaembu.