Internacional beats Sport 2-1 in Brazilian league

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm •  Published: May 4, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Argentine playmaker Andres D'Alessandro and Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz scored a goal each to give Internacional a 2-1 win over Sport in the third round of the Brazilian league on Sunday.

The victory puts Internacional atop the standings along with Goias, Corinthians and defending champion Cruzeiro, which beat Atletico Paranaense 3-2 with a late winner by Bolivian striker Marcelo Moreno on Saturday. Corinthians won 1-0 at recently promoted Chapecoense with a second-half goal by Peru striker Paolo Guerrero, which Goias upset winless Atletico Mineiro 1-0 in Belo Horizonte.

D'Alessandro opened the scoring for Internacional with a long-range left-footed shot that deflected off a defender before going into the net in the 13th minute at the Beira-Rio Stadium in the southern city of Porto Alegre.

Aranguiz netted his second goal of the championship on a breakaway in first-half injury time. Replays showed the Chilean midfielder appeared to be slightly offside.

Also Sunday, striker Alecsandro scored twice in the second half to help Flamengo beat Palmeiras 4-2 at the Maracana Stadium for its first victory of the championship, while Bahia defeated Botafogo 1-0 with a second-half goal by Argentine striker Maxi Biancucchi at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador.

It was the second victory for Internacional at the renovated Beira-Rio, which will host five World Cup matches. Sport's lone goal was scored by Patric in the 79th minute.

Internacional, Goias, Corinthians and Cruzeiro are the only teams with seven points in the 20-team standings after three rounds.

Cruzeiro earned its second win thanks to Moreno's goal in the 84th-minute at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia on Saturday. It had equalized less than 10 minutes earlier with a penalty kick converted by midfielder Souza after Atletico jumped to a 2-1 lead in the first half. Moreno had already scored a late winner in the team's opening win against Bahia.