Brazil: São Paulo open Brasileiro with victory against champions (+video)
Following the umpteen state championships which have filled up the first four months of the Brazilian domestic calendar the national championship, known as the Brasiliero, is back for a new season.
Defending champions Fluminense got off to a terrible start in their opening game of the campaign going down to a 2-0 reverse at home to São Paulo. The visitors struck shortly before and after half-time thanks to Dagoberto and Lucas, thus allowing the Tricolor to get off on a winning note. Carioca state champions Flamengo are the provisional leaders of the championship following their 4-0 demolition of Avaí FC with former FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldinho amongst the goalscorers. Santos FC and Internacional SC, winners of their respective Paulista and Gaucho state titles, were the only teams neither to win nor lose as they played out a 1-1 draw against each other.
WATCH FLUMINENSE v SAO PAULO GOALS HERE:
In the other matches there were wins for some of the traditional powers such as Vasco da Gama (3-1 v SC Ceará), Atlético Mineiro (3-0 v Atlético Paranaense), Corinthians (2-1 v Grêmio) and Palmeiras (1-0 v Botafogo). Amongst the newly-promoted teams América Mineiro (2-1 v Bahia) and Figueirense (1-0 v Cruzeiro) secured three points on Matchday 1 whilst last season’s Serie B champions Coritiba went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Atlético Goianiense.
WATCH SANTOS FC v SC INTERNACIONAL GOALS HERE: