SAO PAULO (AP)Brazil’s 16-year-old Endrick scored his first two professional goals playing on Tuesday for Brazil’s Palmeiras. The striker was a key to the team’s 3-1 win at Athletico, which put the Sao Paulo club closer to its 11th Brazilian championship title.
Endrick made his debut earlier this month in another Brazilian championship match, a 4-0 victory against Coritiba.
Athletico, which fielded its reserves due to Saturday’s Copa Libertadores final against fellow Brazil team Flamengo, opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a goal by Matheus Felipe.
Endrick, who joined after the break, scored his first in the 59th minute. He added a second in the 70th minute with a header from close range. Gustavo Gomez netted the third in the 76th minute.
Palmeiras has 74 points after 34 matches and is closing in on the title.
The striker signed a deal with Palmeiras in May with a release fee at 60 million euros ($64 million).
Endrick has impressed Brazilian greats such as Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Kaka. FIFA allows Endrick to transfer only when he turns 18.
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