Palmeiras hold São Paulo as Goiás crash in Porto Alegre
Muricy Ramalho’s return to the estádio Morumbi may have ended in 0-0, but the Palmeiras coach would have been more than pleased with the point against his old team.
With the league’s tightest defences on show, the scoreless draw came as no real surprise. São Paulo, though, will have left the ground disappointed after not converting their few chances. More importantly, Ricardo Gomes’ men could live to regret failing to close the four point gap separating them from Palmeiras. See the highlights here.
The result at the Morumbi left Goiás with a chance of going top if they could beat Internacional in Porto Alegre. Fernandão was making a restart at the club that launched his career. But Inter were the side were the striker came to fame. However, the front man’s return to action was short-lived after he was sent off after just 13 minutes in the Beira-Rio. Inter then went on to win 4-0 courtesy of goals from Marquinhos, Guiñazu, Guiliano and Kléber. Tite’s side still have a game in hand (vs Atlético Mineiro) and could end up just a point behind Palmeiras. See the goals here
Avaí’s splendid run of 11 games unbeaten came to an end at Coritiba. Marcelinho Paraiba netted his 11th of the season for the home side. Pereira deflected the ball into his own net for Coritiba’s second.
Grêmio came close to grabbing their first away win of the season against Botafogo. The Porto Alegre side were leading 3-2 before Leandro Guerreiro popped up with an equalizer for the strugglers two minutes before the end. See the goals
Even with half the first team missing through injury or suspension, Flamengo made easy work of Santo André in the Maracanã. Denis Marques, Léo Moura and Zé Roberto were all on target to lift the Rio club to a more respectable 11th.
At the bottom, the prospect of a drop to Série B is becoming a real possibility for Fluminense. On Sunday, they went down 2-0 at Santos. Their record of just one win from their last 17 outings has left Flu with 16 points – 7 adrift of safety.
See the Campeonato Brasileiro round 22 table and the rest of the results here