Fluminense wobble as 15 game unbeaten run goes out the window
Leaders Fluminense had their lead at the top slashed to one point after they went down 2-1 away at Guarani. The Laranjeiras outfit have headed the table for eight rounds and at one stage opened up a five point lead over their rivals. But defeat in Campinas means that Corinthians can overtake the Tricolor if the São Paulo side win their game in hand vs Vasco. For Flu coach Muricy Ramalho, it could be a case of déjà vu. Last season, Ramalho was in charge of a Palmeiras side that led the league for 19 rounds before they were knocked off top spot with just five games to go. The Greens finished the season in fifth and failed to take a place in the Libertadores. See Guarani 2-1 Fluminense here
Corinthians swept aside bottom club Goiás 5-1 in the Pacaembu. Goiás had taken the lead and looked capable of getting something from the match until Amaral went for a second bookable offence. Corinthians then took over. Bruno César grabbed another to bring his haul to nine and stay the Brasileiro top scorer alongside Elias of Atlético Goianiense. See the goals
The turnaround of the day came at the Pacaembu on Sunday. Palmeiras had taken a two goal lead against Cruzeiro before the Foxes came back to win 3-2. Palmeiras would have fired any other coach for a result like this. Felipão’s stock remains high at the club where he won the Libertadores in 1999. But patience is beginning to wear thin in the boardroom and in the stands. Midweek, Palmeiras must win away to a Vitória side in apparent free fall or the pressure will be well and truly on. See the Palmeiras 2-3 Cruzeiro goals.
At the wrong end of the table, Atlético Mineiro remain in trouble after a 3-2 home loss to São Paulo. Atlético Goianiense are still in the bottom four but after a 4-1 win against Vitória, the strugglers are now within touching distance of safety. Grêmio Prudente and Goiás are the other sides in the relegation zone.