Sao Paulo beat Ponte Preta

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Midfielder Lenilson scored a pair of goals as Sao Paulo defeated Ponte Preta 3-1 to extend its lead atop the Brazilian league on Sunday.

Sao Paulo beat Ponte Preta

Sao Paulo:

Midfielder Lenilson scored a pair of goals as Sao Paulo defeated Ponte Preta 3-1 to extend its lead atop the Brazilian league on Sunday.Sao Paulo won at Moises Lucarelli stadium in Campinas despite playing without nearly all of its regulars.Most of the members of the first eleven were rested ahead of the team's Copa Libertadores semifinal match against Chivas in Mexico on Wednesday. Ponte Preta scored first when Tuto converted a penalty in the 11th minute. However, Lenilson equalized with a booming one-timer from inside the area in the 41st, and Alex Silva put Sao Paulo ahead in the 52nd off a corner.Lenilson's second goal came in the 72nd with a low left-footed shot from near the penalty spot.The victory was Sao Paulo's third straight in the league and extended its unbeaten streak to eight.Ponte Preta dropped to 16th in the 20-team standings with its fourth consecutive loss. It has only 14 points from 13 matches.Sao Paulo, on the other hand, has 29 points, four more than second-place Cruzeiro, which lost to fourth-place Parana in Curitiba on Saturday. It was Parana's sixth straight victory.Meanwhile, defending champions, currently in last place, Corinthians were held to a 2-2 draw against Fortaleza at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo on Saturday, extending its winless streak to seven matches. (AP)



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