Palmeiras secure Brasileirão Série B title with 3-0 win against Boa Esporte
Palmeiras have secured the Brasileirão Série B title with two rounds to spare.
Saturday’s 3-0 win against Boa Esporte, at Estádio do Pacaembu, moved them ten points clear of Chapecoense, who were held 1-1 by Bragantino.
Felipe Menezes opened the scoring on 29 minutes, before second half goals from Leandro (56’) and defender Juninho (77’) sealed the win.
Head coach Gilson Kleina, who replaced Narciso in September 2012, insists his side deserve the title.
"We applied ourselves in all competitions this year and have won this title through a lot of sweat and sacrifice," he said, as reported by Shanghai Daily.
"We have brought the giants back to the Série A and our mission is now complete. The fans really deserve it.”
Kleina took Palmeiras down in 2012. He'd left Ponte Preta to take over with the club fighting relegation.
The damage had already been done under previous head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who left to manage the Seleção.
His initial replacement, Narciso, manager of Palmeiras U-20 side, was in place for just six days before stepping down.
As 2012 Copa do Brasil champions, Kleina also had the Copa Libertadores to contend with this season.
Palmeiras topped a group including Tigre, Libertad and Sporting Cristal, before being knocked out in the Round of 16 by Mexican side Tijuana.
With Chapecoense also guaranteed promotion alongside Palmeiras, two spots remain open.
They will be contested for by Sport, Icasa, Ceará, Figueirense and América. Joinville and Avaí have an outside chance.