Internacional went top of the table in Brazil’s Serie A with a one nil win over struggling Sao Paulo away at the Morumbi. Erstwhile Tottenham target Leandro Damiao scored the only goal of the game in the fourteenth minute to send Dunga’s team two points clear of joint second placed Botafogo and Coritiba, having played a game more than most of their immediate rivals. Internacional’s next match is a straightforward looking visit to bottom-of-the-table Nautico.
Sao Paulo now sit only one point and one place above the relegation zone and all four teams below them have at least two games in hand so it looks set to be a long, tough season for Paulo Autuori’s men, who have now lost seven times on the trot in all competitions including five consecutive league games. Next time out they face rivals Corinthians in a vital Sao Paulo derby under intense pressure to stop the rot.
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