Late goal from Love gives Corinthians Sao Paulo state title
A late goal from Wagner Love gave Corinthians a 2-1 win over Sao Paulo on Sunday, securing their third consecutive state championship in front of a record crowd at the Corinthians arena.
Danilo Avelar put the home side ahead after 31 minutes with a close-range header after Sornoza’s corner had been headed back across goal.
Antony equalised in first half stoppage time with a low drive from the edge of the box but former Brazil striker Love sent the 46,903 fans into raptures with a winner two minutes from time.
The win guaranteed the home side a 2-1 aggregate win after the city rivals drew the first leg 0-0 last Sunday at Sao Paulo’s Morumbi stadium.
It was the first time Corinthians have won the title three times in a row since 1939 and extended Sao Paulo’s winless streak in the tournament to at least 15 years, one of the longest droughts in the club’s history.
In Rio de Janeiro, Flamengo won their 35th Carioca state title with a second 2-0 win over Vasco da Gama in consecutive weekends.
Willian Arao put Flamengo ahead with a header after 15 minutes and substitute Vitinho doubled their lead shortly before fulltime.
Flamengo won the first leg 2-0 last Sunday.
REUTERS/Reporting by Andrew Downie Editing by Christian Radnedge