Ronaldo's goal gives Corinthians win in Brazilian Championship debut

09:36, May 10, 2010      

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In their first match of the 2010 Brazilian Championship, Corinthians won at home 2-1 against Atletico-PR on Sunday as star striker Ronaldo scored the game-winning goal in the team's first victory of the tournament.

After being eliminated from the Libertadores Cup during the middle of the week, Corinthians' win on Sunday was a moral boost. Team head coach Mano Menezes contemplated quitting, but in turn was re-signed in a vote of confidence. Sunday's victory was proof that the team is still very competitive.

Atletico-PR scored the game's first goal in the 45th minute. On a stopped ball, Wagner Diniz skillfully blasted the ball directly at the goal, catching Corinthians' goalie Felipe by surprise and out of position. The ball sailed directly into the back of the net to the fans' deception.

Corinthians tied the match in the 59th minute. Ronaldo served a screen for a cutting Souza who dribbled through the defense and pounded the ball into the right side of Altetico-PR's goal.

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