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2020 Brasileiro Serie A
  • Hyoran (13')
  • Júnior Alonso (42')
  • Jair (62')
  • Janderson (75')

Atletico Mineiro close gap on league leaders with 3-1 win

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Atletico Mineiro closed the gap on Brazilian league leaders Sao Paulo to four points with a comfortable 3-1 win at home to Atletico Goianiense on Sunday.

The home side started the day six points behind Sao Paulo but their win, coupled with Sao Paulo’s 1-1 draw at Athletico Paranaense, cut the deficit with five weeks of the season left.

Atletico have a game in hand over the leaders and are level on points with third-placed Internacional, who play later on Sunday against Fortaleza.

Hyoran got Atletico Mineiro off the mark with a spectacular volley after 13 minutes and Junior Alonso added a second with a header three minutes before halftime.

Jair made it 3-0 by heding in from a corner 16 minutes into the second period before Janderson scored a consolation for the visitors a quarter of an hour from the end. (Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Brazilian Serie A Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atlético-MG 19 +16 42
2 Palmeiras 19 +7 35
3 Flamengo 17 +18 34
4 Fortaleza 20 +7 33
5 Red Bull Bragantino 19 +9 32
6 Corinthians 20 +2 29
7 Fluminense 20 -1 28
8 Cuiabá 20 +1 27
9 Internacional 19 +1 26
10 Atlético-GO 19 -2 26
11 Athletico-PR 19 0 24
12 Ceará 19 -2 24
13 Santos 20 -5 23
14 Juventude 20 -6 23
15 Bahia 20 -8 22
16 São Paulo 19 -6 22
17 América-MG 19 -5 21
18 Grêmio 18 -4 19
19 Sport 20 -7 17
20 Chapecoense 20 -15 10