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2020 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 Palmeiras 13 +13 31
2 Atlético-MG 13 +9 28
3 Fortaleza 13 +12 27
4 Red Bull Bragantino 13 +8 24
5 Athletico-PR 12 +8 23
6 Flamengo 11 +12 21
7 Ceará 13 +2 19
8 Atlético-GO 13 -3 18
9 Bahia 13 -4 17
10 Corinthians 13 0 17
11 Fluminense 13 -2 17
12 Santos 13 -1 16
13 Juventude 13 -5 16
14 Internacional 13 -6 14
15 Cuiabá 12 -3 12
16 Sport 13 -4 11
17 São Paulo 13 -8 11
18 América-MG 13 -8 10
19 Grêmio 11 -7 7
20 Chapecoense 13 -13 4