SAOPAULO (Reuters) – Palmeiras moved another step closer to Brazil’s Serie A title on Saturday with a 3-2 win over Santos in a back-and-forth match at the Allianz Parque.
Dudu put Palmeiras ahead after 14 minutes when he tapped in from close range after goalkeeper Vanderlei could only parry a shot from Colombian striker Borja.
Edu Dracena doubled their lead five minutes from half-time when he headed home from a corner kick but Copete cut the deficit nine minutes into the second half when he fired home from close range after Dracena’s mis-hit clearance fell right at his feet.
Dodo made it 2-2 10 minutes later but they were only level for six minutes.
Victor Luis gave Palmeiras the lead again – and all three points – when Vanderlei failed to hold his deflected free kick from 30 metres out.
Santos had Diego Pituca sent off with 10 minutes remaining and Palmeiras played out the match to move closer to the title.
The Sao Paulo club now have 62 points, seven ahead of second-place Flamengo with six games remaining.
(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ian Ransom)