Corinthians take solitary point on disappointing birthday

Corinthians drew 1-1 against Atlético Mineiro. (Reuters pic)

SÃO PAULO: A penalty from the home side’s former captain Fabio Santos rescued a point for Atlético Mineiro in a lacklustre 1-1 draw at Corinthians in Brazil’s Série A on Saturday.

The hosts were celebrating their 108th birthday and they took the lead after 19 minutes thanks to right winger Pedrinho.

The 20-year steadied himself 25 metres from goal and curled a beautiful shot that hit the crossbar and bounced in off the back of the diving goalkeeper Victor.

However, full back Fabio Santos levelled the scores 16 minutes later when he calmly slotted home a penalty after a handball.

There were few clear chances in a dour second half, and both sides will rue missing the opportunity to cut the difference between themselves and league leaders São Paulo.

São Paulo are 10 points ahead of Atlético and 15 ahead of city rivals Corinthians with a game in hand.