Tevez steers Corinthians to the top, Robinho scores for Santos

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  • Friday, 05 Aug 2005

RIO DE JANEIRO: Argentine forward Carlos Tevez (pic) scored twice as Corinthians went top of the Brazilian Championship with a 3-0 win over Coritiba on Wednesday while Real Madrid-bound Robinho scored his first goal for Santos since May. 

Tevez, who joined from Boca Juniors last year for a South American record of US$18mil, struck twice in the first 20 minutes as Corinthians cruised to an easy win. 

The 21-year-old collected a loose ball on his chest and tapped the ball past Vizzotto to open the scoring in the third minute before he picked up the ball midway inside the Coritiba half, ran at the defence, cut inside his marker and scored with a deflected shot from the edge of the area in the 20th minute. 

Tevez was also involved in the third in the 90th minute when his shot was parried by Vizzotto and Bobo snapped up the rebound. 

Corinthians, who have 34 points from 17 games, overhauled previous leaders Ponte Preta, who lost 1-0 at 16th-placed Flamengo to a 45th minute goal scored by Jonatas. 

Champions Santos moved to fourth thanks to a superb goal by Robinho, who returned to the side on Sunday after his club agreed to sell him to Real Madrid for US$30mil. 

Robinho had refused to train or play during the drawn out negotiations with the Spanish club because he said he was not in the right frame of mind to play in Brazil. 

The 21-year-old, who will leave Santos at the end of the month, was sent clear by Giovanni’s flicked pass in the 51st minute and scored with a delicate chip over the advancing goalkeeper Clemer from the edge of the penalty area. 

It was his first goal for Santos since the Libertadores Cup tie against Universidad de Chile on May 25. – Reuters  

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