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2020-21 Brasileiro Serie A
  • Hyoran (13')
  • Júnior Alonso (42')
  • Jair (62')
  • Janderson (75')

Atletico Mineiro close gap on league leaders with 3-1 win

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Atletico Mineiro closed the gap on Brazilian league leaders Sao Paulo to four points with a comfortable 3-1 win at home to Atletico Goianiense on Sunday.

The home side started the day six points behind Sao Paulo but their win, coupled with Sao Paulo’s 1-1 draw at Athletico Paranaense, cut the deficit with five weeks of the season left.

Atletico have a game in hand over the leaders and are level on points with third-placed Internacional, who play later on Sunday against Fortaleza.

Hyoran got Atletico Mineiro off the mark with a spectacular volley after 13 minutes and Junior Alonso added a second with a header three minutes before halftime.

Jair made it 3-0 by heding in from a corner 16 minutes into the second period before Janderson scored a consolation for the visitors a quarter of an hour from the end. (Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Brazilian Serie A Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Flamengo 38 +20 71
2 Internacional 38 +26 70
3 Atlético-MG 38 +19 68
4 São Paulo 38 +18 66
5 Fluminense 38 +13 64
6 Grêmio 38 +13 59
7 Palmeiras 38 +14 58
8 Santos 38 +1 54
9 Athletico-PR 38 +2 53
10 Red Bull Bragantino 38 +10 53
11 Ceará 38 +3 52
12 Corinthians 38 0 51
13 Atlético-GO 38 -5 50
14 Bahia 38 -11 44
15 Sport 38 -19 42
16 Fortaleza 38 -10 41
17 Vasco da Gama 38 -19 41
18 Goiás 38 -22 37
19 Coritiba 38 -23 31
20 Botafogo 38 -30 27