Flamengo fail to beat Goiás and blew chance of going top
Most of the 83,000 fans in the Maracanã went home hugely disappointed after Flamengo were held 0-0 by Goiás on Sunday evening. With São Paulo losing 3-2 at Botafogo earlier in the day, the way was open for Flamengo to go top for the first time this season. Despite having nothing to play for, Goiás and in particular, their keeper, Harlei, put up a surprisingly plucky performance and barred the Rubro Negro’s path to the top. Flamengo now hope that the Serra Dourada side show similar backbone against São Paulo next Sunday in Goiânia.
With just two games remaining, São Paulo have a one point advantage over Flamengo and are three clear of Internacional and Palmeiras.
The current champions can make it four Brasileiros in a row next weekend if they beat Goiás away. But to do that; Flamengo will have to lose against Corinthians, Internacional fail to beat Sport and Palmeiras not to win against Atlético Mineiro.
Inter also have a chance to take the leadership if São Paulo lose at Goiás and Flamengo fail to win against Corinthians.
The situation at the bottom is just as complicated. With Náutico, Santo André, Fluminense and Botafogo all winning at the weekend, Coritiba and Atlético Paranaense are at risk of the drop once again. Only Sport Recife have been relegated so far. And the way things are going, we may not know which other three clubs will join them until the final round on December 6th. Vasco, Guarani, Ceará and Atlético Goianiense have already booked their places in Série A for 2010.
See the highlights from all Sunday’s games here
See the Campeonato Brasileiro round 36 table and the rest of the results here