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Vasco win 10 goal thriller in Brazil as Edmundo returns

VASCO da Gama celebrated the return of volatile striker Edmundo by beating Goias 6-4 in an amazing Brazilian championship match on Sunday.

Edmundo, who scored a record-breaking 28 goals as he led Vasco to the title in 1997, was given a rousing reception as he arrived by helicopter to be officially presented to the crowd before the game amid a firework display.

The player known as the Animal, who was involved in an acrimonious split from the club three years ago when he took legal action over unpaid wages, has reportedly agreed to forego 70 per cent of the money awarded to him by a court in his eagerness to return.

In previous spells at the club, Edmundo has got into trouble for starting fights on the field, feuding with team master Romario, racially insulting a referee, repeatedly getting sent off and feeding beer to a chimpanzee at a children's party.

He is expected to play his first game at home to Corinthians in 10 days time.

Once the celebrations were out of the way, Marcelinho Carioca scored twice for Vasco while Souza, Wescley, Cadu and Anderson shared the other goals in a game which Vasco led 2-1 at half-time, then trail 3-2 early in the second half before hitting back to win 6-4.

Dimba scored two of the Goias goals, the others coming from Araujo and defender Fabao.

Sao Paulo coach Oswaldo Oliveira's problems continued as his team were beaten 4-2 by Cruzeiro, who are unbeaten this year under former Brazil coach Vanderley Luxemburgo, in a game of three penalties.

Cruzeriro playmaker Alex opened the scoring in the 11th minute before striker Deivid helped himself to a hat-trick including two penalties.

Oliveira's laid-back approach has annoyed the fickle Sao Paulo following and he was booed off the pitch on Wednesday, even though his team beat Gama 5-1 in the Copa Brasil.

Afterwards, the entire team turned up at the media conference to in a show of support.

Defending champions Santos drew for the second week running as they held Atletico Mineiro 0-0 away while Flamengo, Brazil's most popular club, claimed their first win of the competition as they beat Bahia 2-1 away with a later winner by Fernando Baiano.

Felipe had given Flamengo an early lead from a penalty but Bahia hit back in bizarre fashion when Flamengo goalkeeper Julio Cesar kicked at clearance straight into team master Fabinho and the ball rebounded into the net.

"I didn't expect that to happen," admitted the goalkeeper.

"Fortunately, our team didn't give up and we got the three points."

Parana, Atletico Mineiro, Cruzeiro, Sao Caetano, Flamengo, Vitoria, Internacional and Ponte Preta share the lead with four points after two games.

 

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