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Cruzeiro beats Inter, takes Brazilian league lead

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 7:32 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Bolivian striker Marcelo Moreno scored a late goal to help defending champion Cruzeiro beat Internacional 3-1 and take the Brazilian league lead on Sunday.

Cruzeiro's third win in a row left the club with 16 points from seven matches, one point ahead of Fluminense, which on Saturday defeated Bahia 1-0 for its third victory in four matches.

Internacional had its winless streak extended to three matches, dropping to eighth place in the 20-team standings with 12 points.

Internacional got on the board via Wellington in the 38th, but Ricardo Goulart equalized for Cruzeiro just four minutes later. Willian put Cruzerio ahead in the 70th and Moreno sealed the victory in the 87th.

It was Moreno's fifth league goal, making him the championship's leading scorer after the first seven rounds.

The match was played in the interior city of Caxias do Sul because Internacional's Beira-Rio Stadium is already under FIFA's control for the World Cup.

In addition to the 12 World Cup stadiums, FIFA and local organizers also took over 24 venues considered official training fields in the host cities. Nearly 30 league matches had to be altered for the last four rounds before the World Cup break, and 14 first-division teams are having to relinquish home-field advantage.

Also Sunday, Goias picked up its fourth win and moved to third in the standings by beating last-place Figueirense 1-0 in Florianopolis. Figueirense has scored only one goal in seven matches, and it came in a 1-0 win over Corinthians to spoil the rival's debut of the Itaquerao Stadium last weekend.

Fifth-place Palmeiras had its three-match winning streak halted by a 2-0 loss at Chapecoense, which was yet to win a match. Palmeiras hired Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca this week but the eight-time Brazilian champion was still managed by interim Alberto Valentim on Sunday.

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