Sao Paulo beat Santa Cruz 4-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Sao Paulo paid a tribute to the late Tele Santana in fine style on Saturday with a 4-0 home win over Brazilian championship strugglers Santa Cruz.

Sao Paulo beat Santa Cruz 4-0

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Sao Paulo paid a tribute to the late Tele Santana in fine style on Saturday with a 4-0 home win over Brazilian championship strugglers Santa Cruz. It was a frustrating opening 45 minutes for the home side who squandered several chances, the best of these falling to Alex Dias who wastefully headed over from Danilo's cross. On 33 minutes, Dias teed up Souza who was unlucky with his fierce drive from distance. Better half Dias was replaced by Leandro at half-time and the move paid dividends almost immediately. Three minutes after coming on, the substitute's cross found Aloisio and his lay-off was sweetly side-footed home by Danilo for the opening goal of the game. Moments later, Mineiro was given time and space to advance and his right-foot drive found its way past visiting goalkeeper Gilmar. It soon became a question of how many Sao Paulo would score and on the hour-mark, after Junior's effort was blocked, Leandro's superb right-foot strike gave Gilmar no chance to make it three-nil. Perfect play Fifteen minutes from time, Sao Paulo won a free-kick just outside the box and goalkeeper captain Rogerio Ceni curled the ball perfectly over the wall and into the net for their fourth goal of the evening. Santa Cruz have yet to score in the league after winning promotion last season and their miserable day was complete late on when Junior Maranhao was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Josue. The game finished four-nil to take Sao Paulo to the top of the table. (AP)

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