RIO DE JANEIRO - A hat-trick by Obina
gave Palmeiras a 3-0 win in their Sao Paulo derby on Sunday
against Corinthians, who lost Ronaldo with a suspected broken
Palmeiras joined Atletico Mineiro, shock 1-0 losers at home
to Goias, at the top of the Brazilian championship standings
with 28 points from 14 matches.
Atletico lead by a difference of one goal.
The two teams are four points ahead of Vitoria, who beat
Coritiba 1-0 at home, and Internacional, who went down 3-2 away
to Botafogo on Saturday.
Palmeiras, unable to fly due to poor visibility on
Saturday, had to make a 570-km bus trip to the city of
Presidente Prudente where the derby was played to avoid crowd
trouble in Sao Paulo but still turned in the better
Ronaldo, who fell badly on his left arm, had to leave the
field after 20 minutes and Corinthians doctor Paulo de Faria
said he had "a suspected fracture of the hand, he hurts a lot
and cannot play."
The three-times FIFA Player of the Year will undergo tests
on the injury on Monday.
Unlike Corinthians, who managed to fly on Saturday to the
match venue, Palmeiras only arrived at dawn on Sunday after a
journey of almost nine hours.
"Everyone was quite tired, but overcoming that was the
challenge and the team did more than that," said 26-year-old
former Flamengo reserve Obina, who joined Palmeiras in May.
"The afternoon belonged to a battling team...that did the
utmost to get the result," the striker told reporters.
Obina opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when he headed
home a cross from the right by midfielder Pierre and converted
a twice-taken penalty on the hour after a push by Corinthians
captain Chicao on Cleiton Xavier.
The striker, who had two other goals ruled out in marginal
offside decisions, completed his hat-trick with his eighth goal
for the club five minutes later, tapping in a pass from Xavier.
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