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