Copa SP: Corinthians and Fluminense romp into final
Corinthians were expecting a tough test against a previously vibrant Atlético Paranaense side on Saturday, but found themselves easy 6-0 winners after a five-goal first-half. Barrel-chested striker Douglas grabbed himself a hat-trick, using his strength and power to torment the Curitiba side's defence, but it was Matheuzinho who starred for the Paulista giants. The Number 10 was involved in nearly all of the Timaozinho's goals and continued his impressive run of form that has seen him pick up five goals in this Copa. Geovanni picked up a brace for his skill and efforts from midfield, whilst Denner from left full-back was an ever threatening thorn in Atlético's side. Convincing.
Fluminense and Coritiba then battled it out on Sunday morning for the remaining final slot, with the Rio de Janeiro side making light work of a 4-0 victory. Inspired by midfield duo of Higor and Eduardo once more, Flu were 2-0 up at half-time as highly-rated striker Marcos Júnior came into form with two fine finishes in the box. Coritiba shored up the ship for a while, but late in the second-half Fluminense added two more to add a gloss to the scoreline. Rafael Assis and Rafinha were the scorers as Flu rested important members of the side for Wednesday's final.
Star Performers: Matheuzinho, Douglas, Denner (Corinthians), Marcos Júnior, Eduardo (Fluminense)