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Atletico MG defeat rivals Cruzeiro to take two-goal lead in Brazilian Cup

Luan opened the scoring for Atletico Mineiro in the ninth minute.

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- Striker Luan and Argentine forward Jesus Datolo each scored a goal to help Atletico Mineiro defeat rivals Cruzeiro 2-0 in the first leg of the Brazilian Cup final on Wednesday.

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Luan opened the scoring with a header in the ninth minute and Datolo doubled the lead with a left-footed shot from inside the area in the 59th at the Independencia Stadium in Belo Horizonte.

Cruzeiro complained that Luan was offside in the first goal, and also were aggrieved over non-called handball in the Atletico Mineiro penalty-box in the second half.

The second leg will be played on Nov. 26 at the Mineirao Stadium, where Atletico Mineiro will likely play for the draw.

It is the first time these two fierce city rivals have met to decide a national title.

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