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 14 +17 29
2 Corinthians 14 +7 26
3 Athletico-PR 14 +2 24
4 Internacional 14 +7 24
5 Atlético-MG 14 +6 24
6 Fluminense 14 +2 21
7 Santos 14 +5 19
8 São Paulo 14 +3 19
9 Flamengo 14 +1 18
10 Botafogo 14 -3 18
11 Avaí 14 -4 18
12 Red Bull Bragantino 14 +1 18
13 Atlético-GO 14 -3 17
14 Goiás 14 -3 17
15 Ceará 14 0 17
16 Coritiba 14 -6 15
17 América-MG 14 -6 15
18 Cuiabá 14 -7 13
19 Juventude 14 -12 11
20 Fortaleza 14 -7 10