Flamengo’s lead cut to two points
The Campeonato Brasileiro leaders had their lead at the top reduced to two points after Flamengo lost 1-0 at Coritiba on Thursday.
The game’s only goal came from Rodrigo Mancha. This was Fla’s first loss away from home but the Rio outfit have now led the championship for eight rounds in a row. See the best moments here
Flamengo, however, have already learnt that selling off their prize assets at this early stage is going to cause their title campaign problems.
Renato Augusto has joined Bayer Leverkusen and Fla’s leading scorer, Marcinho, has just left for the Al Jazira (though whether the UAE is the ideal place to cater for Marcinho’s alleged off-field activities remains to be seen).
On Wednesday, Cruzeiro scored late to take all three points against Atlético Paranaense. An injury hit team had to rely on squad player Elicarlos for the victory.
Grêmio twice took the lead away at Sport but still failed to leave Recife with the win. Grêmio and Cruzeiro meet in the estádio Olímpico on Saturday.
Palmeiras put last weekend’s defeat against neighbours São Paulo behind them by sweeping aside strugglers Fluminense 3-1 in the estádio Palestra Itália
São Paulo demonstrated once again that they cannot be written off. On Wednesday, Muricy Ramalho’s team pulled off another win over a potential rival when they travelled north to overcome Vitória 3-1. However, it could have been very different if Marquinhos’ early goal had stood. But a São Paulo team missing several key players deserved the win. See the best moments here
Portuguesa forced the comeback of the round. After trailing 0-2 to Náutico, they fought back to win 3-2 with debut boy Jonas grabbing the winner in stoppage time.
Santos’ woes seem never ending after they were crushed 3-0 away at Figueirense. Former Atletico Madrid centreback, Fabiano Eller, made his debut but perhaps he’s now wishing he had stayed in Spain. Santos have now gone 10 matches without a win and this is their worst ever start in the Brasileiro. After the latest defeat, Cuca made it known that he was ready to throw in the towel but was persuaded to stay on by club president, Marcelo Teixeira. But one man who is already on his way out is midfielder Rodrigo Tabata who should be joining Turkey’s Gaziantepspor.
See all the round 12 results and the league table here
See Wednesday’s goals here
Thursday’s goals here