Corinthians extended their lead atop the Brazilian Serie A to six points after a 1-0 win over Internacional on Thursday.Playing in front of their home fans at the Estadio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, Corinthians entered the fixture with seven wins and a draw from their first eight matches of the campaign.
Internacional had also been impressive in the early stages of the season, but headed into the match on the back of a 2-0 defeat to fellow mid-table side Vasco da Gama.
The visitors frustrated Corinthians in the first half and both sides entered the break locked in a goalless stalemate.
And the sides seemed destined to share the spoils until Willian’s strike with just 13 minutes remaining.
It was the Brazilian forward’s fifth goal of the campaign and second consecutive match in which his strike yielded a 1-0 result for the Sao Paulo club.
Internacional’s defeat sees them sitting in sixth, with 15 points from 10 matches.