Inter Milan's outcast striker Adriano made a dream start to his six-month loan spell in Brazil on Thursday by scoring both goals in Sao Paulo's 2-1 state championship win at Guaratingueta.
An under-strength Corinthians stumbled to a 2-1 defeat at Sao Caetano on Wednesday and lost their league lead to Palmeiras, who drew 1-1 at Guarani.
Corinthians trounced Uniao Sao Jorge 6-1 in the Paulista championship at the weekend, providing a morale-boosting victory ahead of new coach Daniel Passarella's arrival at the club on Monday.
The Brazilian championship roared back into life on Wednesday as leaders Cruzeiro slipped 1-0 at Internacional and a Robinho-inspired Santos collected a spectacular 7-4 win over Bahia in Salvador.
Colombian striker Victor Aristizabal scored three goals in Cruzeiro's 5-2 over Bahia on Sunday, helping the Belo Horizonte club to extend their Brazilian championship lead to four points.
Sao Paulo midfielder Julio Baptista has agreed terms with Spanish club Sevilla on a $2.8 million transfer deal, the Brazilian club's director of football Juvenal Juvencio said.
Cruzeiro shrugged off fears the surprise transfer of leading goalscorer Deivid would derail their Brazilian championship campaign by thrashing Parana 5-1 on Sunday.
High-profile Paraguayan goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert got off to a flying start with his latest club as Penarol beat Defensor Sporting 2-0 in the first week of the Uruguayan Clausura championship.
Sao Paulo marched to a convincing 2-0 win over Atletico Paranaense on Thursday as the visitors struggled to make an impact in the absence of Manchester United-linked midfielder Kleberson.