Dani Alves scores winning goal on Sao Paulo debut

Making his first appearance for Sao Paulo, former Barcelona star Dani Alves scored the game's only goal against Ceara.

Scoring on his debut, Dani Alves led Sao Paulo to a win on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

Dani Alves marked his Sao Paulo debut with the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Ceara on Sunday.

Alves, 36, signed with the Brazilian giant at the start of the month and the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star had an immediate impact.

Playing in midfield, Alves took a pass from Raniel and beat a defender before firing past Ceara goalkeeper Diogo Silva in the 40th minute.

It proved to be the only goal of the clash, which marked Alves' first outing since leading Brazil past Peru in the Copa America final last month.

Former Spain and Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran also made first appearance for Sao Paulo, starting at right-back.

Sao Paulo climbed into fifth on the back of its win, sitting five points behind league leader Santos.