SAO PAULO, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Defending champions Flamengo scored three first-half goals to stretch their Brazilian Serie A winning run to four matches with a 3-1 victory at Corinthians on Sunday.
Brazil international midfielder Everton Ribeiro gave the visitors a seventh-minute lead by thumping home a left-footed shot from distance after an errant defensive pass.
Gustavo Henrique made it 2-0 when he headed in at the far post after Giorgian De Arrascaeta's corner.
Bruno Henrique then netted his seventh goal from 10 matches this campaign by nodding home following Gabriel Barbosa's floating cross from left side of the penalty box.
Corinthians pulled a late goal back through Vitinho Oliveira, who pounced on a headed clearance to send a fizzing 25-yard volley into the top right corner.
Flamengo now have 24 points from 12 matches, eight points behind leaders Palmeiras, who have played two more matches. Corinthians, who have lost three of their past four games, are seven points further back.
In Belo Horizonte, Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas converted a second-half penalty before being sent off in Atletico Mineiro's 2-0 home win over Athletico Paranaense.
Vargas scored in the 60th minute after Richard Coelho brought down Argentine playmaker Ignacio Fernandez. But he was dismissed just before stoppage time for a second bad foul in three minutes.
Defender Antonio Neto was also on target for the hosts with a 69th-minute strike.
Atletico have now won seven consecutive league matches dating back to July 1 and are second in the standings, a point behind Palmeiras. Paranaense are sixth, nine points off the pace.
In other Brazilian Serie fixtures on Sunday, Santos won 1-0 at Chapecoense and Sport Recife prevailed 1-0 at Bahia.