Edmundo penalty gives Palmeiras victory

January 19, 2006

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Controversial striker Edmundo slotted home a penalty to give Palmeiras a 1-0 win over Sao Bento on Wednesday, a victory that moved them to the top of the Sao Paulo state championship standings on Wednesday.

The spot kick was awarded in the eighth minute when Enilton was bundled over and Edmundo struck a low shot past goalkeeper Fabiano to secure a third victory in as many matches.

The 34-year-old Edmundo rejoined Palmeiras in December, delighting fans who remember the player's inspirational role in a team that won successive Brazilian championship titles in 1993 and 1994.

Edmundo's talent has been undermined by his volatile temper, and his first spell at Palmeiras' was terminated after a running feud with coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

He moved from club-to-club in Brazil and Italy and was embroiled in a stream of controversies, including a car crash in which three people died and an incident where he gave beer to a monkey at his son's party.

Palmeiras's former Brazil coach Emerson Leao offered the player a last chance to relive past glories but said he would adopt a 'zero-tolerance' policy towards misbehaviour.

Edmundo responded by putting in workmanlike performances in his club's first two games, enduring second-half substitutions without complaint.

'I asked him to come deeper to help with the marking and he was helpful in the extreme,' Leao told reporters of Edmundo's positive display.

'He was anxious to get on the scoresheet and I am sure he will go home with a spring in his step after that.'

In Rio de Janeiro, Fluminense's 17-year old striker Lemmy scored twice on Wednesday as the current state champions thrashed Nova Iguacu by 6-0.