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To win at home is a must for any team wanting to classify for the final of the Copa do Brasil. Sao Paulo followed the rules to the letter on Wednesday night in Morumbi beating Atletico Mineiro 3 - 0 in the first round of the semi-finals and can now afford to lose 2 - 0 on Sunday in Mineirao.

Sao Paulo began as they meant to go on – with powerful attacking football, but Atletico marked well and held their opponents at bay. Despite shots from outside the area by Marcelinho and Belleti there were no real scoring chances in the first twenty minutes of the game.

Marcelinho then took a free kick which he struck well and forced a diving save from keeper Veloso. Five minutes later it was Marcelinho again that proved to be dangerous. The striker crossed to Edu whose shot skimmed the bar.

It was Marcelinho that helped set up the first goal. He took a free kick that was headed home by full back Rogerio Pinheiro.

In the second half Atletico did everything they could to level the score but the ball never got close to Marques. They failed to feed the ball to striker Guilherme who remained at a standstill up front.

Ramon did threaten once with a well taken free kick but Rogerio Ceni defended with authority. Sao Paulo then shifted up a gear and Sandro Hiroshi almost scored number two after 24 minutes.

Towards the end of the game Atletico gave Sao Paulo an opening after a poorly taken free kick in the 43rd minute. A spectacular attacking move found Carlos Miguel free in the area. The midfielder slotted in number two.

To lose by 1 - 0 is not such a bad result, but going two down gave Atletico a shock and their game started to fall to pieces. Sao Paulo took advantage of this and Marcelinho took a shot at goal in the 45th minute which Veloso palmed away, Fabiano leapt in to put number three in the net off the rebound.
 

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In the second Copa do Brazil game last Wednesday night, Cruzeiro beat Santos 2 - 0, in Mineirao. This leaves Cruzeiro with an advantage going into the second leg of the semifinals. Giovani and Donizete scored the goals.



Santos now need to beat Cruzeiro by a difference of three goals on Sunday to classify for the final.

Cruzeiro piled on the pressure in the first half, but the game was evenly balanced. Giovani opened the scoring with a beautifully taken penalty after Andre Luis brought down Alonso in the area. Santos reacted immediately and dominated the remainder of the first half.

There were very few scoring opportunities during the game, which lacked any real emotion. Things did not change much in the second half, Santos on the attack and Cruzeiro playing rather timidly. Santos missed several good scoring chances.

Luck was with Cruzeiro. Forty four minutes into the second half, Donizete powered one in from outside the area, making it 2 - 0. The ball was deflected off Marcio Santos, which made it an impossible task for Carlos Germano to save.

The teams

Cruzeiro: Andre, Rodrigo, Cris, Cleber, Alonso; Donizete Oliveira, Marcos Paulo, Jackson, Geovanni; Fabio Junior and Müller (Joelson).
Coacch: Marco Aurélio

Santos: Carlos Germano, Baiano, Andre Luís, Claudiomiro, Rubens Cardoso; Anderson, Preto (Eduardo Marques) Valdo, Robert (Marcio Santos); Caio (Julio Cesar) and Dodo.
Coach: Giba
 
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