BELO HORIZONTE: Eduardo Sasha’s double helped Atletico Mineiro move into second place in Brazil’s Serie A on Sunday with a 4-0 drubbing of reigning champions Flamengo.
The Belo Horizonte side got off to a flying start and were 2-0 up after eight minutes thanks to goals from Sasha and Keno.
Sasha got his second after an hour with a delightful diving header and then Federico Zaracho piled on the misery for the Rio club when he slipped a fourth under the advancing keeper with eight minutes remaining.
The result was Flamengo’s third league match without a win and the second in a row where they shipped four goals.
The win takes Atletico above Flamengo into second place in Serie A with both sides on 35 points, although Atletico have a game in hand.
Internacional, who drew 2-2 with Coritiba earlier on Sunday, are top with 36 points.
Only five points separate the top seven teams.
(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Toby Davis)