The palm trees thrashed this Thursday 4-0 at Botafogo and with 19 points he assumed the leadership of Serie A of the Brazilian Championship of soccer, taking advantage of the defeat suffered on Tuesday by their hometown rival Corinthians. Striker Rony, twice, midfielder Gustavo Scarpa and Wesley scored the goals for Sao Paulo’s ‘Verdao’, who finished the tenth day, played between Tuesday and Thursday, in first position.
The match at the Allianz Parque stadium pitted Portuguese coaches Abel Ferreira, from Palmeiras, and Luis Castro, from Botafogo.
Corinthians, also led by Portuguese coach Vítor Pereira and who began the day in the lead with 18 points, dropped to second position after his 1-0 defeat on Tuesday in his visit to Cuiabá.
The champion Atlético Mineiro, led by Argentine coach Antonio ‘el Turco’ Mohamed, missed the opportunity to also take the lead after losing 5-3 on his visit to Fluminense, in which Argentine Germán Cano scored twice and the Colombian John Arias scored another goal.
Another highlight of the day was Flamengo’s 1-0 defeat in their visit to Bragantino. The result precipitated the departure of Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa, which was made official this Thursday by the Rio de Janeiro team.
In other results, Ceará, with two goals from Colombian Stiven Mendoza, won 0-2 away from América. Precisely the Ceará coach, Dorival Júnior, accepted Flamengo’s proposal to replace Sousa.
Victory of Scolari’s Paranaense
Already the Athletico Paranaense of former Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari beat Juventude 1-3. One of the goals of the Curitiba team, which climbed to third position with 16 points, was converted by the Uruguayan David Terans.
Another charrúa, defender Bruno Méndez, converted in Internacional’s 1-1 draw away from home against Santos, led by Argentine coach Fabián Bustos.
In Goiania, Atlético Goianiense defeated Avaí 2-1. In the other matches on Thursday, bottom side Fortaleza beat Goiás 1-0, while Sao Paulo, with a goal from Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri, equalized 1-1 on their visit to Coritiba, led by Paraguayan coach Gustavo Morínigo.