Two Corinthians players sent off in 2-0 defeat by Palmeiras

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A goal in each half, coupled with the early sending off of Corinthians full back Fagner, helped Palmeiras to an easy 2-0 win over their arch rivals in Sao Paulo on Thursday night.

Fagner was sent off for hand ball inside the box four minutes before half time and Luiz Adriano made no mistake from the spot to put the visitors 1-0 up.

Teenage striker Gabriel Veron doubled their lead 19 minutes into the second half when he finished off a flowing move.

Any hopes Corinthians had of a comeback were ended five minutes from time when Danilo Avelar was also shown a red card for a second bookable offence.

Palmeiras remain the only unbeaten team in Brazil’s Serie A and now sit in fourth place in the 20-team table with 16 points from eight games, four behind leaders Internacional, who have played a game more.

Corinthians are in 13th with nine points from eight matches.

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Shri Navaratnam