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Atletico Mineiro defeat local rivals Cruzeiro to win first Brazilian Cup

Brazil striker Tardelli scored the crucial away goal to snuff out hopes of a Cruziero comeback.

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- Atletico Mineiro defeated league champions and local rivals Cruzeiro 1-0 to win their first Brazilian Cup title 3-0 on aggregate.

Brazil striker Diego Tardelli netted the winner with a header in first-half injury time at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte to claim victory in the first major final contested between the two neighbouring clubs. 

After conceding the goal at home, Cruzeiro needed to score four times to overturn the 2-0 first-leg deficit and maintain...

 By James Young
2 days ago

Champions Cruzeiro are a shining light in Brazil's bleak football year

Cruzeiro players celebrate after clinching the Brazilian league title on Sunday.

"Don't expect to walk into a bar in Belo Horizonte and hear Cruzeiro fans chanting the name of [Ricardo Goulart], the star of this year's Brazilian championship. And it will be hard to find kids shouting his name when they dribble round their opponents in schoolyard kickabouts," began a story on a major Brazilian football site after Belo Horizonte club Cruzeiro had clinched the Brazilian league title for the second consecutive year on Sunday, beating Goias in front of 57,000 people at a rain lashed...

By ESPN Staff
7 days ago

Botafogo in lockdown as crisis continues

Brazilian giants Botafogo effectively banned media from training on Thursday as the club face mounting pressure over their finances and the possibility of relegation.

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By ESPN Staff
Nov 16, 2014

Highlights: Fluminense FC 1-0 Botafogo

Fluminense boosted their hopes of qualifying for the Copa Libertadores with a 1-0 win over Botafogo.

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Nov 12, 2014

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...