Ricardo Goulart scores again to help Cruzeiro defeat SantosRicardo Goulart scored his ninth goal of the Brasileirão season
Cruzeiro returned to the top of the Brasileirão table on Sunday night, in place of Internacional, after defeating Santos 3-0.
Goals from Marcelo Moreno, Ricardo Goulart and Júlio Baptista consigned Santos to another loss and they struggled to threaten Raposa all game, testing captain Fábio just once in the Cruzeiro goal.
On loan Grêmio forward Marcelo Moreno opened the scoring after 25 minutes but the host had to wait until after the break to double their advantage.
Three minutes into the second half and Ricardo Goulart made it two-nill to boost Cruzeiro’s position of strength.
It was the 23-year-old’s ninth goal in twelve Brasileirão games but his first in the league since July.
The reigning Brasileirão holders then added a third late on in the game through former Arsenal attacker Júlio Baptista.
The substitute concluded the scoring in the 88th minute to seal the impressive 3-0 win for Cruzeiro and keep them ahead of the chasing pack.