Two-goal Deyverson pushes Palmeiras closer to Brazil league title

Deyverson has scored five goals in his last four league games. (AFP pic)

SÃO PAULO: Palmeiras moved a small step closer to the Série A title on Sunday when two goals from in-form striker Deyverson gave them a 2-0 win over challengers Grêmio.

Deyverson’s goals, his third and fourth in his last five league matches, take the São Paulo side three points clear at the top of the Série A table ahead of Internacional, who beat fourth-placed São Paulo 3-1.

Grêmio are in fifth with nine games remaining, a point behind São Paulo.

Deyverson’s first goal seven minutes into the match was a terrific near-post volley that rocketed into the roof of the net from close in.

The second came 33 minutes into the second half when he got on the end of a long punt upfield and then beat the last man before firing home into the top corner of the net.