Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Cruzeiro's Brasileiro campaign began with a 5-0 thrashing of Goias on Sunday with Nilton netting a goal in each half.
Diego Souza tallied the opening goal after five minutes and Bruno Rodrigo doubled the advantage on the half-hour mark.
Nilton followed with a goal in the 39th minute and Borges found the net three minutes later to put Cruzeiro up 4-0 at halftime.
The scoring was capped 10 minutes from time when Nilton scored again, bringing an end to a miserable opening match for Goias.
Defending champions Fluminense recorded a 2-1 home victory over Atletico PR as Samuel scored in the 53rd minute to break a 1-1 tie for the hosts.
Star striker Neymar played his final game for Santos before completing a move to Barcelona, and the match ended in a 0-0 draw with Flamengo.
Sao Paulo secured a 2-0 away win at Ponte Preta with first-half goals from Lucio and Jadson before being reduced to 10 men in the 58th minute with a red card to Edson.
Criciuma downed Bahia, 3-1, Gremio topped Nautico, 2-0, and Coritiba scored a pair of second-half goals through Deivid and Arthur to claim a 2-1 comeback win against Atletico Mineiro.
Saturday's action saw Vasco da Gama top Portuguesa, 1-0, with Carlos Tenorio scoring the lone goal in the 47th minute, Internacional came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at Vitoria and Paulinho tallied a goal in the 73rd minute to help Corinthians to a 1-1 draw with Botafogo.