Ronaldinho’s Atletico falters, Vasco stays top

June 18th, 2012 - 7:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Rio de Janeiro, June 18 (IANS) A Luis Fabiano strike was enough for Sao Paulo to end the unbeaten run of Ronaldinho’s Atletico Mineiro in Brazil’s Serie A championship while Vasco da Gama maintained their top spot with a 1-1 draw against Palmeiras.

Playing in just his second match for his new club, Ronaldinho was barely seen as Sao Paulo recorded a 1-0 victory at the Morumbi stadium Sunday, reported Xinhua.

Fabiano put the home side ahead after 41 minutes with a first-time finish after Jadson’s weighted through ball.

The result leaves Sao Paulo in the sixth place in the standings while Atletico Mineiro remains third.

Vasco da Gama maintained top spot after Juninho Pernambuco’s thumping 83rd-minute free-kick earned the Rio club a 1-1 draw against the Luiz Felipe Scolari-coached Palmeiras.

Mazinho had given Palmeiras the lead at the Barueri Arena with a 56th-minute goal after leaving behind his marker and angling a low shot past goalkeeper Fernando Prass.

Flamengo registered a 1-0 victory over a Santos team missing most of its key players, who were rested for Wednesday’s Copa Libertadores second leg against Corinthians.

Argentine substitute Dario Botinelli scored the winner with a 87th-minute penalty after Ibson was brought down by Gerson Magrao.

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