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Sport Recife claims first win in top flight

Recife, Brazil (SportsNetwork.com) - Sport Recife earned its first victory of the season in the Brazilian top flight on Sunday with a 2-1 result over fellow newly-promoted side Chapecoense at the Estadio Ilha do Retiro.

After earning a 1-1 draw with Santos in their season opener last Sunday, the hosts came out of the gates quickly in front of the home fans as Rithely opened the scoring after just 12 minutes.

Chapecoense responded late in the first half with an equalizer in the 37th minute through Ricardo Conceicao, but Sport Recife went back in front a minute later when Ananias fired it home for a 2-1 lead at the intermission.

Both teams saw ample possession in the second half, but Chapecoense could only manage two attempts on goal and were never able to produce another equalizer as Sport claim its first three points of the season.

The result moves Sport into fifth place in the table with four points from its first two matches, while Chapecoense sits in 15th place after two matches with one point.

Also in Brazil on Sunday, Rafael Moura netted a first-half brace for Internacional, but Botafogo rallied for two second-half goals in a 2-2 draw, while Corinthians earned a comfortable 2-0 win over Flamengo.

Julio Baptista and Antonio Carlos traded goals as Cruziero and Sao Paulo battled to a 1-1 stalemate, while Vitoria and Atletico Paranaense finished level at 2-2.

Lincoln and Leandro Matos found the back of the net for Bahia in a 2-0 result over Figueirense, while Amaral's goal in the 82nd minute held up to hand Goias a 1-0 win against Criciuma.

Sunday's final fixture in Brazil saw Alan Ruiz and Lucas Coelho score for Gremio in a 2-0 win over Atletico Mineiro.

On Saturday, Rafael Sobis scored on the stoke of halftime to give Fluminense a 1-0 victory over Palmeiras, while Coritiba and Santos played to a scoreless draw.