Ronaldinho double sinks his former club Gremio

Belo Horizonte (Brazil): Ronaldinho scored twice to hand Atletico Mineiro a 2-0 victory over his former club Gremio in Brazil`s Serie A championship.

The 33-year-old converted a penalty on the hour after former AC Milan and Brazil goalkeeper Dida brought down Alecsandro with a sliding tackle Sunday.

Ronaldinho then doubled the home side`s lead in injury time with a cool finish after Neto Berola`s piercing run and pass.

Ronaldinho admitted he had mixed emotions about scoring against the club where he began his career.

"It`s not the first time that has happened," the two-time FIFA world player of the year said.

"Gremio will always have a special place in my heart, but I also have to do the right thing by my team."

The victory was Atletico`s first from four matches in Brazil`s Serie A championship as the club prioritises the Copa Libertadores.

In other games of the day, defending champions Fluminense overcame Goias 2-1, Vitoria beat Atletico Paranaense 3-2 and Coritiba defeated Nautico 1-0.