Atletico Mineiro tighten grip on Brazil Serie A lead

Rio de Janeiro, July 12 (IANS) Atletico Mineiro consolidated their place at the top of Brazil’s Serie A standings with a 2-0 victory against Ponte Preta at the Moises Lucarelli stadium in Campinas, Sao Paulo.

Thiago Ribeiro on Saturday opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Giovanni Augusto added another goal two minutes from time, Xinhua reported on Sunday.

The result lifted Atletico to 29 points from 13 matches, three points ahead of second-placed Gremio, who defeated Vasco da Gama 2-0. In the day’s only other match, Santos rose to 15th after routing Figueirense 3-0.

Sunday’s fixtures include Flamengo’s home clash against Corinthians and Fluminense’s trip to Atletico Paranaense.

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