RIO DE JANEIRO - Gremio achieved their
50th successive unbeaten match at home on Sunday while big
rivals Internacional's sixth game without a win prompted coach
Jorge Fossati to say he would quit if they suffered another
Gremio beat Esportivo 2-0 and Inter lost to Caxias by the
same score in the Gaucho championship in the southern Brazilian
state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Uruguayan Fossati said his future hung on a good result at
home to Cerro from his home country in their Libertadores Cup
Group Four match on Wednesday.
"I confirm that if I don't manage to transmit calm (to the
team), I have to let another (coach) come here," Fossati told
reporters after the Caxias match, for which he rested several
first team players.
Goals by midfielders William Magrao and Maylson gave
Gremio, favourites to lift the state title won for the last two
years by Inter, their 13th consecutive win in the Gaucho
In the Paulista, another of the many state championships in
the first third of the Brazilian season, Corinthians beat Sao
Paulo 4-3 to take their unbeaten run in their derby to nine
matches since 2007.
A stoppage-time own goal by defender Alex Silva gave
Corinthians victory after former Brazil left-back Roberto
Carlos had scored one of their goals with a trademark free-kick.
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Both teams had a player sent of just before half time when
Corinthians striker Dentinho and Sao Paulo's Washington
"Everyone fights to the death against us," said Roberto
Carlos, who joined Corinthians this season as they seek to win
the Libertadores for the first time in their centenary year.
"We won with sweat but it was a very important victory. I'm
confident, I feel good in this shirt."
Paulista leaders Santos, without Robinho who is still
recovering from a minor thigh injury, beat Monte Azul 5-0 to
take their tally to 69 goals in 20 matches.
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