Corinthians extend unbeaten run to 18 games

Corinthians lead the 20-team standings with 44 points from 18 matches

Corinthians have extended their unbeaten run to 18 matches with a 2-0 away victory over Atletico Mineiro in Brazil’s Serie A football championship. Former Manchester City striker Jo lashed in the opener from close range and Rodriguinho doubled the visitors’ lead when he wrong-footed his marker before beating goalkeeper Victor at his near post here on Wednesday evening.

Corinthians lead the 20-team standings with 44 points from 18 matches, eight points ahead of second-placed Gremio, who won 1-0 at Atletico Goianiense. In Rio de Janeiro, a late Deyverson strike gave defending champions Palmeiras a 2-1 victory over Botafogo at the Olympic stadium. Earlier, Botafogo’s Rodrigo Pimpao cancelled out an Igor Rabello own goal.

In other matches on Wednesday, Bahia drew 1-1 at Chapecoense, hosts Vitoria beat Ponte Preta 3-1, Fluminense drew 2-2 at Sport and Santos defeated Flamengo 3-2.

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