- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

SAO PAULO (AP) - Internacional scored two first-half goals to defeat Coritiba 2-0 Sunday, picking up its second win and moving away from the bottom of the standings in the Brazilian league.

Striker Vitinho opened the scoring in the 27th minute and former Brazil forward Nilmar sealed the victory in the 37th after a move that started with Argentine playmaker Lisandro Lopez, who was red carded late in the match after complaining about a referee’s decision.

The result in front of nearly 36,000 fans Sunday morning at the Beira-Rio Stadium moved Internacional from 15th to ninth in the standings. It was the team’s second win in six league matches, and the first after three straight draws.

The Porto Alegre club had been resting regular starters in previous rounds because of the Copa Libertadores, but now the focus is back on the Brazilian league because its semifinal matchup against Tigres of Mexico in the Latin American tournament won’t be played until July, after the Copa America.

On Saturday, Atletico Paranaense retained its league lead with a 2-0 win over Vasco da Gama, reaching 15 points from six matches. Atletico has won four straight games, and five out of six. Vasco, meanwhile, remains winless with only three points.

Corinthians defeated last-place Joinville 1-0 in a game marked by fan violence. Riot police fired rubber bullets and used stun bombs to contain the fighting before the match at the Arena Joinville. Local media reported two fans sustained minor injuries. Joinville had already played matches with empty seats earlier this year because of fan violence.

Corinthians snapped its two-match losing streak thanks to a 32nd-minute goal by midfielder Jadson. Joinville, promoted from the second division this year, has only one point in six matches.

Sao Paulo jumped to second place by beating Gremio 2-0 with the debut of Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio. Former Brazil striker Luis Fabiano put Sao Paulo ahead in the 27th and goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni added to the lead by converting a 55th-minute penalty kick at the Morumbi Stadium.

On Saturday, third-place Ponte Preta remained unbeaten after a 2-2 draw at Santos, while two-time defending champion Cruzeiro defeated Belo Horizonte rival Atletico Mineiro 3-1, picking up its second win in a row and leaving the relegation zone.

Popular Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo beat Chapecoense 1-0 at the Maracana Stadium for its first win in this year’s league.

Some matches were played on Saturday because Brazil faces Mexico in a friendly at Palmeiras’ Allianz Parque in Sao Paulo on Sunday.


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