Striker Ronaldo scored twice for Corinthians in a 2-2 draw against
modest Ponte Preta in the Paulista championship on Wednesday.
The 'Phenomenal One', making his fifth appearance on his latest comeback
from injury, also completed the full 90 minutes for the first time in a
Ponte Preta went ahead in the 32nd minute when they sprang the
Corinthians offside trap and Leandrinho chipped the ball over Felipe.
Corinthians equalised four minutes later when Ronaldo won and converted
a penalty, his third goal for the club.
The high point came in the 58th minute with a superb Ronaldo goal, when
he collected a cross with his left foot, slipped inside his marker and
placed the ball in the far corner.
With Ponte Preta down to 10 men after Edilson was sent off for a second
bookable offence, Corinthians looked set for victory.
However, the visitors equalised in the 75th minute when Corinthians
failed to cut out a cross and Gum headed in.
Corinthians stayed second in the table with 34 points from 16 games and
comfortably on course for a semi-final place.
The Paulista is the largest of the regional championships which kick off
the Brazilian season.
Seventeen-year-old striker Neymar was on target as fifth-placed Santos
beat Santo Andre 3-0, scoring the third goal with a cool finish after
Madson broke down the right and pulled the ball back.
Madson scored the first goal in the 18th minute and Triguinho was also
on target before the break.