Corinthians beat Flamengo 4-2

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Corinthians beat 10-man Flamengo 4-2 in the Campeonato Brasileiro (Brazilian championship) on Sunday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
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Corinthians beat 10-man Flamengo 4-2 in the Campeonato Brasileiro (Brazilian championship) on Sunday. The two best supported teams in Brazil played in an empty stadium after Corinthians had been punished for a pitch invasion during a previous match. The incident, which happened in the team's loss to rivals Sao Paulo on May 8, prompted Brazil's top sports court to order Corinthians to play two of their home matches behind closed doors. Fan support Corinthians will also have to play their match against Fluminense on June 26 in an empty stadium. Five times champions Flamengo are Brazil's most supported club with almost 35 million fans, representing nearly 20 per cent of Brazil's population. Corinthians, who have been crowned champion three times, are just behind Flamengo, with nearly 25 million fans. Sloppy defence Flamengo, who began two points behind their hosts in 14th place in the table, dominated the opening stages, but paid the price for sloppy defending in the 23rd minute. Edson was allowed to run down the left wing and crossed for Jo, who was completely unmarked and volleyed home to give Corinthians the lead. That goal changed the pattern of the first half and Roni came close to adding a second goal when he fired just wide of the target with a well struck free kick in the 44th minute. Flamengo, who had only conceded four goals before Sunday's game, were lucky not to go in at the break 2-0 down, only the frame of the goal saving them. Close control Gustavo Nery ran from deep in his own half, played a one-two, and attacked the Flamengo goal. He was tackled by Fabiano, who smacked the ball against fellow defender Junior Baiano and the ball ricocheted against the post. The home side, who started the game in 10th place with 10 points from six games, got the second goal that their play deserved and once again, the usually reliable Flamengo defence was to blame. In the 52nd minute, some excellent close control by Roger saw the Corinthians midfielder hook the ball into the danger area. Goalkeeper Diego came racing off his line, but the ball ended flying over his head and Abuda had the easy task of heading into an empty net. Full advantage There was more hesitation in the defence, but this time it was from Corinthians and that allowed Fabiano Oliveira to take full advantage and pull a goal back. The goal of the game came on 78 minutes. Having already shown his ability in Corinthians' second goal, Roger proved once more that there was no substitute for skill and pace as he dazzled the Flamengo defenders before drilling the ball in at the near post to make it 3-1. Flood of goals The end of the match produced a flood of goals and just after thinking that they had the three points secured, Corinthians conceded another. This time it was poor goalkeeping which allowed Jean to score in the 82nd minute after Fabio Costa had spilled a shot from Da Silva. Ninety seconds later the sixth and final goal of the match was scored, and the home side finally killed off their tenacious opponents. Jo ran half the length of the field before firing past Diego to seal a 4-2 victory. The drama in front of an audience of journalists was completed in the last minute when a moment of sheer stupidity and petulance saw Fabiano Oliveira, who was already on a yellow card, needlessly kick the ball away. He was given a second caution which was followed by a red card. (AP)

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