Hernanes inspires Sao Paulo to victory over Santos

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-29 10:15:22|Editor: Zhou Xin
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Former Juventus midfielder Hernanes set up both his team's goals as Sao Paulo defeated Santos 2-1 in their Brazilian Serie A clash on Saturday.

Marcos Guilherme opened the scoring for the hosts at the Pacaembu stadium by lashing a shot past goalkeeper Vanderlei after a Hernanes through ball.

Peru international midfielder Christian Cueva doubled the lead shortly with a neat finish after another Hernanes assist.

The visitors pulled a goal back when midfielder Alison blasted a long-range shot into the top corner.

Having battled to stay out of the relegation zone for most of the season, Sao Paulo could still secure a top-six place at the end of the season, a result that would secure the Tricolor a berth in next year's Copa Libertadores.

Saturday's result lifted the club to 11th in the 20-team standings with seven-and-a-half rounds remaining, seven points behind sixth-placed Botafogo, who have a game in hand.

In other fixtures on Saturday, Flamengo drew 0-0 at home to Vasco da Gama and Chapecoense held Atletico Paranaense to a goalless draw in Chapeco.