Internacional beat Athletico-PR 2-1 to maintain second place in the Brasilerao
All goals came in the first half. Abel Hernández closed the scoring for the colorados, and Renato Kayzer scored one for Athletico but it proved to be nothing but a consolation. But the end of the game saw good saves and reactions from goalkeeper Marcelo Lomba.
As usual at Beira-Rio, Inter went up and did not give Athletico a chance.
At six minutes, the first goal against Bragantino in the last round was repeated. Heitor crossed Thiago Galhardo’s head, who sent in the right corner to open the scoreboard. At 35, Marcos Guilherme narrowly missed to extend the lead for Inter. But in the next move, Heitor put another ball in the head of the teammate. This time, Abel Hernández covered Jandrei and made it 2 to 0. Atletico looked to restore some hope just before the end of the first half. Renato Kayzer reduced the deficit with a good header and the scores went 2-1 in favour of Inter into the break.
Inter returned better in the second half and held on to their lead strongly. In the latter stages of the game, Atletico came close to getting an equalizer but Lomba kept his side in the game.
With the victory, Inter remain in second place in Serie A, now with 28 points, two less than leader Atlético-MG. Athletico finds themselves close to the relegation zone with 15 points, in 16th place.
The two teams will return to the field next Wednesday. Athletico receives Corinthians at Arena da Baixada. Colorado goes to Ilha do Retiro to face Sport.