RIO DE JANEIRO - Ronaldinho scored
twice to help Flamengo to a 3-2 win at America in the
Brazilian championship while Sao Paulo lost the leadership
following a blunder by long-serving goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni.
Former AC Milan, Barcelona and Brazil striker Ronaldinho put
Flamengo ahead with a 10th-minute free-kick, although the
Rabbits hit back to lead 2-1 at half-time with a scrambled effort
by Alessandro and a close-range goal from Anderson.
Deivid pulled fifth-placed Flamengo level 10 minutes after
the re-start and Ronaldinho settled the match with a coolly
taken goal six minutes from time, his fifth in seven games in
Sao Paulo, thrashed 5-0 by arch rivals Corinthians on
Sunday, enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges against
Botafogo until Rogerio, who earlier this season scored his 100th
goal for the club, let Elkeson's weak shot slip into the net.
Herrera converted a penalty seven minutes after the break to
wrap up the points for the visitors, while the paltry 8,000
crowd at the Morumbi jeered Sao Paulo and insulted coach Paulo
Cesar Carpegiani with chants of "donkey, donkey."
Corinthians took advantage as a 1-0 win at Bahia, courtesy
of a first-half Chicao penalty, took them top with 16 points,
one ahead of Sao Paulo who, after winning their first five
games, have lost their last two.
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