Paquetá brace helps push Flamengo into Brazil title race

Lucas Paquetá scored two goals against Corinthians. (AFP pic)

SÃO PAULO: A second-half double from Lucas Paquetá and a last-minute goal from Renê gave Flamengo a 3-0 win over Corinthians on Friday and lifted the Rio de Janeiro team into joint second-place in Brazil’s Série A table.

Midfielder Paqueta got both his goals from corners, the first with a header after 59 minutes and the second when he pounced on a loose ball six minutes later.

Renê got a third for the visitors in the last minute of the match when he finished off a quick counter-attack.

The result puts the Rio de Janeiro side right back into the title race, just one point behind joint leaders Palmeiras and Internacional and equal with São Paulo.

Inter lost 2-1 to Sport earlier on Friday, while Palmeiras and São Paulo meet on Saturday in a city derby.

Corinthians are 17 points behind Flamengo in ninth place.