Sao Paulo wins 2-0 over Portuguesa, advances to state semis

09:28, April 25, 2011      

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At home against Portuguesa in the single round elimination of the quarterfinals of the 2011 Sao Paulo state championship, Sao Paulo cruised to a 2-0 win on Sunday.

The win places Sao Paulo against rival Santos in the state semifinals.

Sao Paulo's first goal came in the 41st minute when Jean's crossed ball found an open Ilsinho who then slammed a header into the goal. The team added to its lead in the 80th minute when Ilsinho served a perfect ball to a cutting Dagoberto who fired the ball into the open left side of the Portuguesa goal.

Entering the playoffs as the top seed, Sao Paulo will next face fourth seed Santos. Sao Paulo's veteran goalie and team captain Rogerio Ceni praised Santos, declaring that the team is currently Brazil's best. However, the goalie pointed out that Santos' weakness is its defense, especially on fast breaks. Ceni hopes to exploit that fact in next week's match.

The date and location of the semifinals matchup between Sao Paulo and Santos has yet to determined.

Source: Xinhua
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