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Sao Paulo, Flamengo off to winning start in Brazilian top flight

Sao Paulo, Flamengo off to winning start in Brazilian top flight

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Rahnuma):  Everton Cardoso and Hudson Rodrigues scored both sides of halftime to give Sao Paulo a 2-0 home win over Botafogo on the opening day of the Brazilian Serie A season on Saturday.

Everton opened the scoring in the 41st minute at the Morumbi stadium by heading in while unmarked at the near post following a lofted Antony dos Santos cross.

Hudson doubled the hosts’ lead by firing in a low 25-yard shot after a one-touch Hernanes lay-off.

In Belo Horizonte, Atletico Mineiro beat Avai thanks to goals from Fabio Santos and former Brazil international striker Ricardo Oliveira. Feliciano Brizuela netted for the visitors, who had a goal by defender Betao ruled out by the video assistant referee.

In other matches on Saturday, Chapecoense won 2-0 at home to Internacional and Flamengo defeated Cruzeiro 3-1.

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