Love nets brace in Corinthians’ romp

Curitiba (Brazil), Oct 19 (IANS) Former Brazil international footballer Vagner Love scored on either side of halftime as Corinthians extended their lead at the top of Serie A standings with a 4-1 victory over Atletico Paranaense here.

Midfielder Renato Augusto also netted a brace for the visitors while Bruno Mota was on target for Atletico at Arena da Baixada here on Sunday. Corinthians are now eight points clear at the top after second-placed Atletico Mineiro fell 1-4 to Sport Recife, reports Xinhua.

In Rio de Janeiro, Flamengo’s poor form continued with a 0-1 home loss to Internacional, a result that all but ends their hopes of a top-four finish.

Meanwhile, 10-man Sao Paulo salvaged a 2-2 home draw against Vasco da Gama thanks to a late Rodrigo Caio strike. The hosts were forced to play the entire second half with a man less after Matheus Reis was shown a second yellow for a bad tackle.

In other matches, Chapecoense won 3-2 at Gremio, Santos beat Goias 3-1 and Ponte Preta overcame Coritiba 3-0.

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