Campeonato Paulsita wrap: Ituano, Linense break through
By Football News
Ituano and Linense both broke winless runs in the Campeonato Paulista on Friday, with respective come-from-behind victories.
Roberto Fonseca's Ituano began poorly at home to XV de Piracicaba, conceding a 17th-minute penalty to the visitors at Estadio Municipal Dr Novelli Junior.
But while XV defender Luiz Eduardo failed to convert from the penalty spot, they took the lead five minutes later when Danilo Sacramento was on target.
Fonseca turned to his bench early in the second half, and it proved fruitful as Adailton scored within six minutes of gracing the pitch in the 52nd minute.
The game was bound for a stalemate when XV striker Leo Mineiro copped a straight red card, and the home side made the most of their numerical advantage.
Another substitute stepped up to the plate, as Marinho - who replaced Luciano on the hour mark - scored in the 86th minute to secure the victory.
It was Ituano's first home Paulista win since March 2012 - they endured seven straight matches without success in front of their fans.
Ituano climbed to 13th place on 13 points, three clear of XV in 16th.
Linense ended a three-match winless streak with a 3-2 on the road to Mogi Mirim.
The hosts at Estadio Romildo Vitor Gomes Ferreira got off to a brilliant start when Henrique scored in the second minute.
But things went downhill for Mogi Mirim when Leandro Brasilia equalised, before two goals in three minutes from Fabio Lopes and Elias early in the second half saw Linense to a comfortable lead.
Waguininho scored a consolation deep into second-half injury time, but it failed to spare Mogi Mirim from consecutive defeats.
Linense climbed into seventh spot with the win, level on 20 points with fifth-placed Mogi Mirim.