RIO DE JANEIRO - Carlos Alberto Parreira's Fluminense had two players sent off as they crashed to a 4-1 home defeat against Santos in the Brazilian championship on Sunday. Mariano gave Fluminense a ninth-minute lead at the Maracana but they fell apart after Mauricio Molina levelled with a free kick shortly before the break. Madson put Santos ahead early in the second half, rounding Fernando Henrique to score, before Kleber Pereira added two more in the last 10 minutes. "It was sad," said former Brazil coach Pereira, who last year quit South Africa for family reasons. "It wasn't a performance worthy of Fluminense." "We started well and scored an early goal. But, inexplicably, we became nervous." Fluminense, who had Dieguinho and Eduardo Ratinho sent off in the second half, have four points from three games and Santos have five. Internacional, who beat Goias 1-0 on Saturday, are the only team still with a 100 percent record. Sao Paulo, champions for the last three years in a row, remained winless with two points after drawing 0-0 with arch-rivals Palmeiras. Palmeiras had Marcelo Ramos sent off for a second bookable offence in the 75th minute and Sao Paulo midfielder Richarlyson was dismissed in stoppage time. Atletico Mineiro's Eder Luis scored a brilliant goal to set his team on their way to a 3-2 win at Sport Recife, picking up the ball in midfield and leaving four opponents in his wake before placing his shot past Magrao. Gremio gave former Sao Paulo and Peru coach Paulo Autuori a winning start as they beat Botafogo 2-0 with second half goals from Jonas and Fabio Santos. Nautico produced the day's most impressive comeback as they won 3-2 at Atletico Paranaense. Wallyson scored twice to give the hosts a 2-0 half-time lead but Gladstone pulled one back at the start of the second half before Anderson Lessa scored twice to seal the points for Nautico.
25 May 2009
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