Sao Paulo beat Santos in Brazilian league

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Strikers Aloisio and Dagoberto scored in the first half to lead Sao Paulo over rival Santos 2-0 in the Brazilian league on Sunday.

Updated: June 28, 2007 15:18 IST
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Strikers Aloisio and Dagoberto scored in the first half to lead Sao Paulo over rival Santos 2-0 in the Brazilian league on Sunday.

Copa Libertadores runner-up Gremio defeated Internacional 2-0, while Cruzeiro got past Atletico Mineiro 4-2.

Aloisio put Sao Paulo ahead at Santos' Vila Belmiro stadium with a header off a corner kick in the 20th minute, and Dagoberto, a member of Brazil's team that won the under-20 world championship in 2003 added to the lead with a left-footer from close range in the 40th.

It was Dagoberto's first goal in eight matches for Sao Paulo following his transfer from Atletico Paranaense two months ago.

Sao Paulo got the victory despite playing a man down from the 62nd, when midfielder Hugo was sent off after harshly complaining a call with the referee.

Second win

It was Sao Paulo's second consecutive win, moving the four-time champion to third in the 20-team standings with 13 points from seven matches.

"It was important to win these points away from home," Sao Paulo goalkeeper and captain Rogerio Ceni said. "Especially against a team like Santos, which will likely fight for the title at the end."

Santos, struggling since the beginning of the competition, is 16th with seven points, near the relegation zone.

Botafogo leads the tournament with 17 points from seven matches. The club's match against Corinthians this weekend was postponed because Maracana stadium is being set up for the Pan American Games which start on July 13 in Rio de Janeiro.

The match between Vasco and Flamengo also was rescheduled for the same reason.

Gremio, coming off a disappointing 2-0 loss to Argentina's Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores finals on Wednesday, rebounded by beating rival Internacional by the same score at Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre.

Defender Lucio and midfielder Diego Souza netted a goal each for Gremio, which is 12th in the standings.

Internacional won the Latin American tournament last year, and went on to clinch FIFA's world club championship.

In Belo Horizonte, Cruzeiro beat Atletico Mineiro 4-2 behind two first-half goals by striker Araujo.

Palmeiras fell 2-0 to Atletico Paranaense at Palestra Italia stadium in Sao Paulo, extending the team's winless streak to five matches.

Also, Brazilian Cup champion Fluminense defeated America 1-0 in Natal, while Nautico lost 2-0 to visiting Goias in Recife.

On Saturday, Parana beat Sport 1-0 in Curitiba to move to second in the standings, three points behind Botafogo.

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