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Neymar fires hat-trick for Santos

Neymar (REUTERS/Nacho Doce)
Neymar scored a hat-trick for Santos against Cruzeiro in Brazil's Campeonato.
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Neymar scored a hat-trick as Santos moved above Cruzeiro with a 4-0 away win in Brazil's Campeonato.

The Brazil international striker opened the scoring in the 11th minute and doubled the visitors' advantage nine minutes before half-time.

Felipe Anderson made it 3-0 in the 54th minute, before Neymar staked his claim for the match ball with Santos' fourth goal eight minutes from time.

Third-placed Gremio overcame the dismissal of Julio Cesar to defeat Ponte Preta 1-0.

The red card came 19 minutes from time - but the hosts overcame the setback to win thanks to Andre Lima's 90th-minute breakthrough.

Figueirense's struggle continues, the second from bottom team went down to a 71st-minute goal from substitute Vidal Hernane at Flamengo.

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