Paranaense and Vasco fight out 6-4 thriller

November 2, 2006

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama produced an astonishing match in the Brazilian championship on Wednesday, the lead changing hands four times before Paranaense eventually ran out 6-4 winners.

Fullback Evanilson gave Parananense a ninth minute lead but Vasco replied with a cross-cum-shot from Ramon and a deflected free kick by Andrade to take a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Marcos Aurelio scored twice in eight minutes after the break to put Paranaense 3-2 ahead, before Leandro Amaral and Andrade, with another free kick, scored in a six-minute spell as Vasco nosed in front 4-3.

Danilo headed Paranaense level with 12 minutes to go, Colombian David Ferreira made it 5-4 with another header in the 80th minute and then Pedro Oldoni completed the scoring in injury time.

Paranaense, who won the same fixture 7-2 last year and have hit 14 goals in their last three games, climbed to eighth in the standings with 46 points from 32 games, maintaining an outside chance of qualifying for next year's Libertadores Cup.

Vasco remain fifth with 50 points.

In other games, Palmeiras supporters levelled abuse at the directors, coach and players as their side lost 3-1 at home to Goias to stay 15th in the 20-team table, only four points and two places outside the relegation zone.

Former Brazil goalkeeper Marcos made his return after injury for Palmeiras but was beaten in the sixth minute by a long-range shot from Danilo Portugal.

In the second half, Vitor finished off a counter-attack to increase Goias's lead before Dininho pulled one back for Palmeiras.

Souza, the championship's leading scorer, ended Palmeiras's fightback with his 16th goal of the competition.

Defending champions Corinthians moved further away from the relegation zone by winning 4-0 at lowly Fortaleza to climb to 14th with 41 points.

At the top, Santos and Gremio both missed chances to make up ground on leading pair Sao Paulo and Internacional, who play on Thursday.

Third-placed Santos lost 3-2 at Juventude and fourth-placed Gremio were beaten 2-1 at home by Figueirense. Both teams have 55 points, eight behind Sao Paulo.