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Portuguesa 1-1 Corinthians: Timão to begin FIFA Club World Cup preparations following draw

Douglas equalised for Corinthians
Ale Cabral/Ag. Estado

Corinthians can begin preparations for the FIFA Club World Cup in December after reaching 43 points in the Brasileirão, following a 1-1 draw with Portuguesa on Saturday.

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The draw means Corinthians are now safe from relegation, according to coach Tite’s calculations, and can begin to rest some of their key players.

All of the game’s main action came within the first 20 minutes of play at the Estádio do Canindé.

Portuguese managed to open the scoring after left-back Marcelo Cordeiro scored a controversial goal on 13 minutes, but the home side’s lead was cut short four minutes later when Douglas equalised.

Corinthians striker Emerson Sheik was stretchered off after 20 minutes of play, after showing signs of an injury just two minutes in, to be replaced by Giovanni.

Seventh-placed Corinthians will face Cruzeiro in their next game, which takes place at the Braga Municipal Stadium on Thursday.

Portuguesa: Dida; Luis Ricardo Lima, Valdomiro, Marcelo Cordeiro; Ferdinand, Joe Anthony (Heverton), Roger Moses; Ananias, Bruno Mineiro. Coach: Geninho

Cassio; Alessandro, Wallace, Paul Andrew, Fábio Santos; Ralf, William Edenilson, Douglas (Chiquinho), Romarinho; Emerson Sheik (Giovanni). Coach: Tite


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