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São Paulo fans have expressed their opposition to the signing of Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato, who is joining the club on a two-year loan deal.

Alexandre Pato's poor performances in 2013, his high salary and the fact he is coming from Corinthians, one of São Paulo's main rivals, have contributed to the fans hostility towards Pato.

The fans expressed their opposition to the signing by bringing banners and by yelling insults at Pato and the club's board during São Paulo's 2-0 win against Paulista.

Despite the fans' opposition, São Paulo players such as Rogério Ceni and Luís Fabiano have expressed their support for Alexandre Pato. The goalkeeper mentioned that when a club sign a new player, the new signing must always be well-received by his teammates, while the experienced striker attributed the hostility to Pato to the fact he is coming from a rival team.

Pato is expected to make his São Paulo debut in March, when São Paulo face CSA in the first round of the Brazilian Cup; the striker will not be able to play for his new team in the state championship because he has already played five games for Corinthians and he is thus ineligible to play for any other team in the competition.

Despite the opposition to the signing, good performances will certainly bring the fans onto his side and, given São Paulo's problems in attack, Pato has a chance of succeeding if he can be motivated and focused on his new team.

Amazing match in “Sudamericana Cup”. The champion São Paulo FC once again showed its strength in the competition. The Tricolor beat the Universidad Católica 4-3 on Wednesday in Chile and advanced to the quarterfinals of the competition. Aloisio scored twice while Ademilson and Welliton scored the other two goals of the classification.

The game was exciting, disputed side by side and very balanced. São Paulo started losing (Sosa and Cordeiro scored for University), but Aloisio equalized, turning on the defender and then the goalkeeper to score his two goals. The striker’goalkeeper, (over 100 career goals) Rogério Ceni, saved the team in the defense with a brilliant performance and at least three miraculous interventions.

The match remained hot in the second half. When Ademilson scored his goal, making it 3-2 for SPFC, things seemed calmer for the Brazilian team. The problem is that the referee marked a nonexistent penalty for Universidad, collected by Mirosevic. But fate smiled for the Brazilians. 

Toward the end of the game, the genial Paulo Henrique Ganso found Welliton free in the box and he shot nicely to assure the classification. In the next phase, São Paulo will face Freddy Adu's Bahia, who beat Colombia's Atletico Nacional at Fonte Nova. 

The Tricolor will be without Paulo Henrique Ganso, expelled in a mess at the end of the match. The next match of SPFC in the Brasileirão will be Sunday against International in Caxias do Sul for the 31st round. The club adds 40 points and ranks 10th place in the national competition.