Palmeiras beats Santos 2-1 with Scolari in the stands

15:05, July 16, 2010      

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New Palmeiras coach Luiz Felipe Scolari looks at the team jersey during his official presentation in Sao Paulo July 15, 2010.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Palmeiras beat Santos 2-1 in the eighth round of the Brazilian Championship on Thursday, with their newly arrived head coach Luis Felipe Scolari observed from the stands.

Ewerthon scored Palmeiras' first goal 12 minutes into the game. The striker dominated the ball outside of the goalie box, drove towards the goal and slammed a shot into the upper left corner of the Santos goal.

Tinga extended the lead for Palmeiras in the 57th minute when his shot-on-goal deflected off the defense, fooling goalkeeper Rafael and coming to rest at the back of the net.

Santos scored their only goal of the game in the 82nd minute. Wesley centered a ball towards the Palmeiras goal. Fullback Leo attempted to head the ball away from the goal, but the ball slipped off his head and onto a wide-open Marcel who then fired the ball into the back of the net.

Palmeiras' win improves their standing in the tournament by six places. The team now stands in 7th place with 12 points. Santos, also with 12 points, remains in 4th place due to goal difference.

Scolari will lead his first practice on Friday at Palmeiras in preparation for the team's ninth round match at Avai on July 18. Santos will host Fluminense on the same day.

Source: Xinhua


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