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Palmeiras move closer to Brazilian Serie A title

29 Sep 2022, 17:55 GMT+10

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Murilo Cerqueira struck a second-half winner as Palmeiras continued their march toward the Brazilian Serie A title on Wednesday with a 1-0 away victory over defending champions Atletico Mineiro.

Cerqueira broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when he met a Gustavo Scarpa cross with a first-time effort that left goalkeeper Everson Pires with no chance.

The hosts dominated possession and had six more shots on goal than their rivals, but they were unable to find a way past the Palmeiras defense.

The result leaves Palmeiras with 60 points from 28 outings, nine points ahead of second-placed Fluminense. Atletico Mineiro are seventh in the 20-team standings with 40 points.

In other Brazilian Serie A fixtures on Wednesday, Botafogo won 1-0 at Goias, Internacional were held to a goalless home draw by Bragantino, Cuiaba won 2-1 at home to America Mineiro, Fortaleza prevailed 3-2 at home to Flamengo, hosts Fluminense routed Juventude 4-0, Corinthians edged to a 2-1 home win over Atletico Goianiense and Coritiba defeated Ceara 1-0 at home.

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