Late free kick gives Palmeiras 3-2 win over Santos

Palmeiras beat Santos in a Série A match. (AFP pic)

SÃO PAULO: Palmeiras moved another step closer to Brazil’s Série A title on Saturday with a 3-2 win over Santos in a back-and-forth match at the Allianz Parque.

Dudu put Palmeiras ahead after 14 minutes when he tapped in from close range after goalkeeper Vanderlei could only parry a shot from Colombian striker Miguel Borja.

Edu Dracena doubled their lead five minutes from halftime when he headed home from a corner kick but Jonathan Copete cut the deficit nine minutes into the second half when he fired home from close range after Dracena’s mis-hit clearance fell right at his feet.

Dodô made it 2-2 10 minutes later but they were only level for six minutes.

Victor Luis gave Palmeiras the lead again, and all three points, when Vanderlei failed to hold his deflected free kick from 30 metres out.

Santos had Diego Pituca sent off with 10 minutes remaining, and Palmeiras played out the match to move closer to the title.

The São Paulo club now have 62 points, seven ahead of second-placed Flamengo with six games remaining.