Campeonato Paulista 2013: Chen Zhizhao impresses in Corinthians draw
Corinthians' Chen Zhizhao made his first start after a year at the club, who played a reserve side for the encounter, and supplied an excellent assist to give his side an early lead over Paulista, with Giovanni scoring.
The Timão, though, could not hang on to their lead as a late defensive mix up allowed João Henrique to equalise for the minnows and earn a valuable point.
Palmeiras began their 2013 season with a 0-0 draw at home to Série B side Bragantino, with Argentine striker Hernán Barcos responsible for a missed penalty.
Having started with a first-choice eleven, the Verdão would have hoped for more from the encounter, but a draw against difficult opponents will be regarded as a decent start as players continue to improve their fitness levels.
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