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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 37 +21 71
2 Internacional 37 +26 69
3 Atlético-MG 37 +17 65
4 São Paulo 37 +17 63
5 Fluminense 37 +11 61
6 Grêmio 37 +14 59
7 Palmeiras 37 +16 58
8 Santos 37 +3 54
9 Athletico-PR 37 0 50
10 Corinthians 37 0 50
11 Red Bull Bragantino 37 +9 50
12 Ceará 37 +2 49
13 Atlético-GO 37 -7 47
14 Sport 37 -17 42
15 Bahia 37 -13 41
16 Fortaleza 37 -8 41
17 Vasco da Gama 37 -20 38
18 Goiás 37 -21 37
19 Coritiba 37 -21 31
20 Botafogo 37 -29 27