São Paulo are the new leaders in the Brasileiro
With just four games remaining in the championship, holders São Paulo went top for the first time this season following their 1-1 draw away to Grêmio on Wednesday and Palmeiras’ 1-0 defeat at Fluminense on Sunday.
Almost 67,000 turned up at the Maracanã hoping for a miracle as strugglers Fluminense took on Palmeiras. Palmeiras needed a point to return to the top – Flu have been in the relegation zone since round ten. In a tight first period, the Greens thought they had gone in front when Obina headed home. But surprisingly referee Carlos Eugenio Simon ruled against the frontman. Fred stuck early in the second-half for the homeside to secure three vital points and Palmeiras were knocked off the top of table for the first time since round 15.
Over 64,000 packed the Mineirão as Atlético Mineiro took on Flamengo in Belo Horizonte. A win for Celso Roth’s men and a loss for Palmeiras would have seen Galo move to first place for the first time since round 14. With only nine minutes on the clock, Flamengo went ahead direct from a corner swung in by Petkovic. The Rio outfit then doubled their lead when Maldonado dummied the Atlético defence before hitting a low drive past Carini. Atlético got back in the game in the second period when the experienced Ricardinho latched on to a loose ball in the area. But Fla secured the points when Adriano beat the defence and his header hit Benitiz before going in.
With the win, Flamengo leap-frogged over Atlético to move into third place – just two points behind the new leaders São Paulo.
On Saturday, Cruzeiro came from two goals down away at Sport Recife to win 3-2.
Thiago Ribeiro, Leonardo Silva and Guerron were all on target as Cruzeiro moved to 5th.
Internacional slipped further behind the pack after being held 1-1 away at Barueri.
At the wrong end of the table, Corinthians beat Santo André thanks to an excellent strike from Ronaldo and a goal from Dentinho.
Botafogo pulled of an important 2-0 win against Coritiba in the estádio Engenhão to move five clear of Fluminense who stayed in the drop zone.
Náutico also went down 3-1 at Santos as Neymar scored twice after coming of the bench.
See the Campeonato Brasileiro round 34 table and the rest of the results here