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Henrique hat-trick buries Sao Paulo

26 Jul 2021, 12:05 GMT+10

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Bruno Henrique scored three goals in seven second-half minutes as defending champions Flamengo overcame an early deficit to secure a 5-1 home win over Sao Paulo in Brazil's Serie A championship on Sunday.

Sao Paulo took the lead just after halftime at the Maracana stadium when Robert Aboleda headed in after a Rodrigo Nestor corner.

Henrique equalized from close range in the 70th minute before curling a 25-yard shot into the top far corner two minutes later.

The 30-year-old Brazil international forward completed his hat-trick in the 77th minute with a glancing header from a Giorgian De Arrascaeta corner.

Gustavo Henrique struck Flamengo's fourth goal from point-blank range after Rodrigo Caio latched onto Vitinho free-kick at the far post with a header into the six-yard box.

Welington Santos then inadvertently fired the ball into his own net while trying to tackle De Arrascaeta in the 92nd minute.

Flamengo are now seventh in the 20-team standings, 10 points behind leaders Palmeiras but with two games in hand. Sao Paulo dropped to 17th with just 11 points from 13 matches.

In other Brazilian Serie A games on Sunday, Athletico Paranaense won 2-1 at home to Internacional, Atletico Goianiense won 1-0 at Santos, Fortaleza won 1-0 at home to Bragantino and Atletico Mineiro romped to a 3-0 home victory over Bahia.

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