Soccer-Atletico extend lead at top of Brazil's Serie A

Soccer Football - Brasileiro Championship - Atletico Mineiro v Cuiaba - Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil - October 24, 2021 Atletico Mineiro's Federico Zaracho in action with Cuiaba's Alan Empereur REUTERS/Washington Alves

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (Reuters) - Atletico Mineiro beat Cuiaba 2-1 at home on Sunday to extend their lead at the top of Brazil’s Serie A to 11 points.

The visitors took a shock lead after two minutes when Nathan Silva’s backpass surprised goalkeeper Everson and rolled into his own goal but Atletico took just two minutes to equalize when on-form striker Hulk tapped in from close range.

Jair gave Atletico all three points in first half stoppage time when he headed home a cross from the left. Hulk had a third ruled out early in the second half.

The result lifts the Belo Horizonte side to 59 points, 11 ahead of second-placed Fortaleza, one of the surprise teams in this year's competition.

Atletico face third-place Flamengo, the reigning Serie A champions, at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro next Saturday.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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