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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 20, 2006

Paulista dump Luxembergo's Santos

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Santos coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo suffered his first defeat since returning to the club following a stint in charge of Real Madrid, his side crashing 3-1 to Paulista in the Sao Paulo state championship on Thursday.

Santos got off to the worst possible start when Jonas missed a penalty and Paulista's Wilson punished poor defending to open the scoring after half an hour.

Fabinho equalised for Santos, but Luis Fernando scored with a low strike before Abraao extended Paulista's lead from the penalty spot.

Luxemburgo, who led Santos to the national title in 2004, has wasted no time in overhauling the playing structure at the club.

Santos made 15 new signings for the 2006 season, and a lacklustre performance in the opening 1-1 draw with Sao Bento prompted the tough-talking coach to drop Giovanni, Claudio Pitbull and Luizao and place them on the transfer list.

Gifted midfielder Ricardinho beat all three to the exit door by signing for Corinthians on Thursday, rejoining the club where he made his name before spells with Sao Paulo, Middlesbrough and Santos.

Paulista, from the Sao Paulo satellite town of Jundiai, has won two of their three games so far in the state tournament and hold one of Brazil's slots for the South American Libertadores Cup.

Meanwhile, an under-strength Corinthians moved into third place in the table as Rafael Moura scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Juventus.

Corinthians coach Antonio Lopes is employing a rotation system to preserve players ahead of the Libertadores Cup, with Carlos Tevez, Gustavo Nery, Rosinei and Eduardo Ratinho all rested.

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