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2020-21 Brasileiro Serie A
  • Luan (45'+1' OG)
  • Pepê (83')

Flamengo move into third with 2-0 win over Palmeiras

BRASILIA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Flamengo scored a goal in each half to overcome Palmeiras 2-0 on Thursday and move into third place in Brazil’s Serie A.

The opener came seconds before half time when Benjamin Kuscevic tried to clear the ball off the line, but instead it hit his team mate Luan Garcia and rebounded into the Palmeiras net.

Pepe secured all three points for Flamengo when he lashed home a loose ball from a corner seven minutes from time.

The result means the reigning champions are now just four points behind leaders Internacional and have a game in hand.

It was Palmeiras first league defeat in five games and leaves them in fifth place, eight points off the lead. (Reporting by Andrew Downie; editing by Richard Pullin)

Brazilian Serie A Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Flamengo 37 +21 71
2 Internacional 37 +26 69
3 Atlético-MG 37 +17 65
4 São Paulo 37 +17 63
5 Fluminense 37 +11 61
6 Grêmio 37 +14 59
7 Palmeiras 37 +16 58
8 Santos 37 +3 54
9 Athletico-PR 37 0 50
10 Corinthians 37 0 50
11 Red Bull Bragantino 37 +9 50
12 Ceará 37 +2 49
13 Atlético-GO 37 -7 47
14 Sport 37 -17 42
15 Bahia 37 -13 41
16 Fortaleza 37 -8 41
17 Vasco da Gama 37 -20 38
18 Goiás 37 -21 37
19 Coritiba 37 -21 31
20 Botafogo 37 -29 27