Penapolense 0-2 São Paulo - Ademilson scores first goal of season
A much-changed São Paulo side continued the club's impressive Campeonato Paulista form with a 2-0 away win at Penapolense on Sunday night, with goals from centre-back Rhodolfo and striker Ademilson.
With São Paulo set for an important midweek Copa Libertadores fixtures, coach Ney Franco chose to leave out many of his side's first choice side but still emerged comfortably past their state championship opponents.
Centre-back Rhodolfo gave his side the lead in the opening four minutes, turning home a deflected free-kick that somewhat fortunately landed at his feet in the penalty area.
The early goal allowed the bigger side to play with increased freedom, however they found Penapolense a difficult opponent to breakdown—despite the midfield presence of the likes of Ganso, Cañete and Maicon.
On 70 minutes, though, the visitors put the tie to bed and doubled their lead as highly-rated young forward Ademilson struck a 25-yard shot past the stranded goalkeeper Roni to mark his first goal of the season.
The game was notable for Ney Franco's use of several young players with the likes of Lucas Farias, João Schmidt and Rodrigo Caio all involved.
Striker Wallyson also made his debut as a second-half substitute following an injury lay-off since arriving from Cruzeiro.