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Brazil Serie A wrap: Santos see off Cruzeiro comebacks

9 August 2012 13:11

Santos have survived two comebacks by Cruzeiro to triumph 4-2 and claim just their second victory in seven Brazilian Serie A matches.

With their two best players Neymar and Ganso in London for the Olympics, Santos have had a tough month but finally had some joy on Wednesday with a two-goal victory over the visitors from Belo Horizonte.

Felipe Anderson got Santos going with a 22nd-minute strike before Cruzeiro equalised seven minutes later through Borges.

Victor Andrade put the home side ahead in the 32nd minute but Cruzeiro again fought back with a goal from Ceara six minutes after half-time.

Santos refused to be denied, with Durval and Bill scoring the decisive goals to move their team ahead of Coritiba and Recife on the Serie A table.

Santos have taken 14th spot with 16 points, while Cruzeiro sit eighth with 23.

League-leaders Vasco da Gama had to wait to knock off Recife 2-0, scoring both goals in the last half hour.

Juninho Pernambucano gave Vasco the lead away from home after 67 minutes before Carlos Tenorio wrapped up the win with an 85th-minute goal.

Vagner Love scored twice as Flamengo defeated Figueirense 2-0, while fifth-placed Internacional could only manage a 0-0 draw with 12th-placed Nautico.

In other Serie A results on Wednesday, Corinthians were held 1-1 at home by Atletico GO, Hernan Bacos scored twice as Palmeiras defeated Botafogo 2-1 and Bahia drew 0-0 with Portuguesa.

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 12 +16 28
2 12 +9 23
3 12 +9 22
4 12 +7 22
5 12 +0 21
6 12 +9 20
7 12 +1 20
8 12 +4 19
9 12 +3 19
10 12 +2 19
11 11 +1 15
12 12 -7 13
13 12 +0 12
14 12 -10 11
15 11 -5 11
16 12 -3 11
17 12 -4 10
18 12 -11 10
19 12 -6 9
20 12 -15 7

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