Ronaldo scored his first goal since returning to soccer more than a year after knee surgery, sending Corinthians to a 1-1 tie Sunday against Palmeiras in the Sao Paulo state championship.

His header came off a corner kick three minutes into injury time, beating his defender on the far post. He ran toward Corinthians' fans behind the goal and jumped onto a fence to celebrate. He was mobbed by his teammates and surrounded by reporters and photographers.

Fans joined Ronaldo on the other side of the fence, partially bringing it down. The game was stopped for a couple of minutes as police cleared the area, but nobody appeared injured.

"I couldn't contain my emotions. It was a unique moment," Ronaldo said. "I feel I own perfection in these moments. When I'm in front of the goal, this is what I know how to do best."

The 32-year-old great is a three-time FIFA player of the year whose 15 World Cup goals are a record. He ruptured a tendon in his left knee while with AC Milan during an Italian league game in February 2008. It was the third serious knee injury of his career.

Ronaldo played 28 minutes against Itumbiara in the Brazilian Cup on Wednesday, his first match in more than a year. On Sunday, he entered the game in the 63rd minute and struck the crossbar with a powerful shot from the top of the penalty area in the 78th minute.

Ronaldo nearly set up a goal in the 87th, beating a defender on the flank before making a cross into the area for defender Andre Santos' missed header.

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