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Paulista wrap: Corinthians back on top

Corinthians beat Linense 2-0 to regain first place in the Campeonato Paulista on Saturday, while Santos and Sao Paulo also won.

Corinthians took the lead courtesy of an own-goal from Bruno Quadros in the 35th minute at the Estadio Gilberto Siqueira Lopes, before former Sporting Lisbon striker Liedson made it 2-0 with a 67th-minute header.

The win restores Corinthians to top spot, two points above Mirassol, while Linense lie at the bottom of the table with just six points from 11 matches played.

Santos climbed to third with a 2-0 win away to Oeste.

Hosts Oeste had to play for almost an hour of the match with 10 men after forward Fabio was sent off in the 32nd minute at Estadio Idenor Picardi Semeghini.

Ze Eduardo gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot moments before the half-time whistle following Paulo Miranda’s foul on Diogo inside the penalty area.

Midfielder Robson entered the game in place of Felipe Anderson on 69 minutes.

The substitute had been on the pitch for less than 60 seconds before setting up Ze Eduardo, who secured the win for Santos with his second goal of the match.

Santos are now third, three points behind leaders Corinthians, while Oeste are seventh.

Sao Paulo are level on points with Santos in fourth following their 2-0 win away to Sao Caetano.

Visitors Sao Paulo had to wait until the 73rd minute at Estadio Anacleto Campanella before Rhodolfo broke the deadlock with a header from Marlos’ cross.

Jean wrapped up the scoring, also with the head, in the 90th minute.

Palmeiras slid to fifth place after being held 0-0 at home by Esporte Clube Santo Andre, who played out much of the match with 10 men after Gilberto De Oliveira Junior was sent off in 35th minute.

In other matches, Botafogo won 4-2 at home to Volta Redonda, who finished up with just nine players after Leo and Glauber both received their marching orders.

Ronaldinho scored and Thiago Neves netted a brace as 10-man Flamengo beat Olaria 3-2, while a Jael hat-trick fired Portuguesa de Desportos to a 4-1 win away to Botafogo RP.

Paulista won 1-0 at Bragantino and AA Ponte Preta saw off the visit of Guaratinguet by the same scoreline.

Fluminense beat Resende 2-1 away from home, despite losing Fernando Silva to a 45th-minute red card.

Article title: Paulista wrap: Corinthians back on top

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