Corinthians, coached by Portuguese Vitor Pereira, took over as deputy captain of the Brazilian League on Sunday night, traveling to Belo Horizonte and the Mineirao stadium to defeat defending champions Atlético Mineiro, with a return in the final ten minutes. 0-1 to 2-1, in the most anticipated match of the 19th round.
“Timao” (Corinthians) (1-2) won with a penalty kick around in the 86th minute by Fabio Santos, the great champion of the game and the Sao Paulo team: he had already equalized the match with his head. 80′, after Keno made ‘The Rooster’ (Atletico Mineiro) on the tab after 9′.
With this victory, Corinthians overtook Fluminense and reached second place in the standings, with 35 points in 19 matches, to 34 points for “Flo”, who had beaten Bragantino during the afternoon in Rio de Janeiro (2-1).
The lead is still held by another national coach, Abel Ferreira, and Palmeiras, who on the day beat Internacional de Porto Alegre, 2-1, in São Paulo: Ferdao now has 39 points, but Abel Ferreira’s side sees the team. He is coached by another Portuguese national, Vitor Pereira – Corinthians – just four points away.
Away from the battle, Atlético Mineiro, even with former Porto player Hulk and ex-Benfica player Alan Kardec, represented a move: the 2021 champions remained fourth, after the defeat, with 32 points, and already seven Palmeiras points. . This round marked the end of the first round of the tournament, with Portuguese coaches on the two leading teams.