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Sao Paulo beats Internacional in Brazilian league

Sao Paulo beats Internacional in Brazilian league

Striker Washington scored in first-half injury time to give defending champion Sao Paulo a 1-0 win over Internacional and the Brazilian league lead on Wednesday.
Sao Paulo, seeking its fourth consecutive title, has a one-point advantage over Palmeiras, which will host Goias on Thursday. Second-place Atletico Mineiro also plays Thursday, against last-place Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro.
Internacional dropped to fourth with the loss at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo.
Washington scored the winner from a corner three-minutes into first-half injury time, giving Sao Paulo its second consecutive win with six matches to go.
Flamengo's 10-match unbeaten streak ended with a 2-0 away loss to Barueri, a result that dropped the five-time national champion to sixth on the table, four points off the lead.
Also Wednesday, Argentine midfielder Matias Defederico scored his first goal since joining Corinthians in a 1-0 win over Vitoria at Salvador. The result snapped Corinthians' two-match losing streak, but the team remains only ninth in the 20-team standings.
Cruzeiro kept its title hopes alive with a 3-2 win over Santo Andre thanks to two late goals at Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. Ecuadorean striker Joffre Guerron scored Cruzeiro's first goal, helping the team move to fifth in the standings, four points behind Sao Paulo.
The top four clubs will qualify for next year's Copa Libertadores, Latin America's most prestigious club competition.
In Porto Alegre, Argentine striker Maxi Lopez scored to help seventh-place Gremio defeat Avai 3-1 at Olimpico stadium. Gremio played a man down from the 33rd after former Barcelona midfielder Fabio Rochemback was sent off for a sliding tackle.
Botafogo left the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over Nautico, thanks to a 72nd-minute winner by defender Juninho from a penalty kick at Engenhao stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Atletico Paranaense drew Santos 1-1 at Arena da Baixada stadium in Curitiba.