October 6, 2019 / 9:33 PM / a month ago

Palmeiras rescue late point with Dudu goal

Soccer Football - Brasileiro Championship - Palmeiras v Atletico Mineiro - Allianz Parque, Sao Paulo, Brazil - October 6, 2019 Palmeiras' Dudu in action with Atletico Mineiro's Guga REUTERS/Rahel Patrasso

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A late goal from Dudu rescued a point for Palmeiras at home to Atletico Mineiro on Sunday but the Sao Paulo side fell back in the Serie A title race as leaders Flamengo won away to extend their lead to five points.

Nathan put Atletico ahead right on the stroke of halftime but Dudu worked a beautiful one-two with Gustavo Scarpa before slotting home from a tight angle seven minutes from time.

The 1-1 draw leaves Palmeiras, the reigning Brazilian champions, second in the standings with 47 points from 23 games.

Flamengo, who beat bottom side Chapecoense 1-0 away from home, are top, with 52 points.

“There’s still a long way to go,” Dudu said. “The difference has increased by two points. This is the time to keep calm so we can reel Flamengo back in.”

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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