Paulista leads Cruzeiro in 3-0 win over Revolution
Welington Paulista had three goals to lead Brazil’s Cruzeiro to
a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution in an international
friendly on Sunday night.
Paulista put Cruzeiro in the lead in the 24th minute, getting on
the end of a long pass from Jonathan and dribbling around
Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis before slotting it into the net
from a tight angle.
Paulista doubled the Brazilian club’s lead in the 49th minute,
taking a deflected corner kick from Roger and kicking it past
substitute keeper Bobby Shuttleworth from just a couple of yards
Paulista completed his hat trick in the 83rd minute, beating his
marker to head in Thiago Ribeiro’s cross from close range.
The Revs had a couple of near misses of their own with Kenny
Mansally seeing his chipped shot cleared off the line in the 56th
minute and Emmanuel Osei having his goal ruled offside in the
The match was Reis’ first appearance for the Revs after
offseason shoulder and knee surgery. Steve Ralston, who rejoined
the team last week, saw his first appearance cut short from an
apparent arm injury just a few minutes after entering the