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Palmeiras routs Sao Paulo 4-0 in Brazilian league, keeps rival from taking the lead

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SAO PAULO — Palmeiras scored twice in each half to beat Sao Paulo 4-0 on Sunday and keep its rival from taking over the Brazilian league lead.

Sao Paulo would have overtaken Sport with a win at Palmeiras' Allianz Parque, but it never got close to getting the three points. Sao Paulo dropped to fourth in the table with 17 points, two behind northeastern club Sport, which drew 1-1 at Chapecoense on Saturday.

It was Sao Paulo's first loss since it hired Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who was sent off Sunday for complaining with the referee at halftime. The six-time champion hadn't lost in six matches.

Striker Leandro Pereira, defender Victor Ramos, forward Rafael Marques and Argentine striker Jonathan Cristaldo scored for Palmeiras, which jumped to 11th in the standings. It was the team's first win since the debut of coach Marcelo Oliveira, a two-time Brazilian champion with Cruzeiro in 2013 and 2014.

Palmeiras, the Brazilian club with the most national titles, had already beaten Sao Paulo 3-0 the last time the teams faced each other earlier this year.

Also Sunday, Atletico Mineiro jumped to second in the 20-team standings with a 1-0 win against last place Joinville in front of nearly 56,000 fans at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, while Fluminense reached third place thanks to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Goias. Fluminense started the match without injured striker Fred, and on Sunday it had defender Gum sent off in the 57th and had to play two men down from the 82nd after midfielder Vinicius got injured after all three substitutions had already been made.

At the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Vasco da Gama beat Rio de Janeiro rival Flamengo 1-0 with a first-half goal by Colombian striker Duvier Riascos, winning its first match and leaving last place. At the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, Internacional defeated Santos 1-0 with a goal by midfielder Valdivia, reaching 10th place.

On Saturday, fifth-place Gremio defeated Avai 2-1 in Florianopolis after a goal just 37 seconds into the match, and seventh-place Corinthians beat Figueirense 2-1 in Sao Paulo with goals by striker Vagner Love and former Brazil midfielder Jadson. Sport, the only unbeaten team after nine rounds, conceded a late equalizer at Chapecoense to see its two-match winning streak snapped.

Two-time defending champion Cruzeiro fell 1-0 at Coritiba on Sunday, losing its second in a row following three straight victories under the command of former Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

Atletico Paranaense, the tournament's leader just a few rounds ago, lost 2-1 at Ponte Preta for its second defeat in three matches, dropping to sixth place in the standings.


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