Corinthians moved two points clear of their main title rivals Vasco on Wednesday. They beat Ceará 1-0 away from home in the notoriously tricky Presidente Vargas stadium in Fortaleza. For most of the evening it looked like Vasco would be moving two points clear of Corinthians; Corinthians got a late winner and Vasco let their lead slip against Palmeiras in the second half.
Fantastic result for Corinthians who now have their destiny firmly in their own hands. They haven’t played the best football this year but they are typically gritty and they showed this in the win against Ceará. Ceará – who are fighting to avoid relegation – pressured their rivals and would have taken the lead were it not for Julio César’s heroics in the Corinthians goal. But Corinthians held on and Ramírez, Corinthians’ Peruvian star scored the winner. I really should have put his picture in this article but the good people at Corinthians don’t provide free photos to journalists like they do at Fluminense so the picture goes to Fred. He deserves it: he scored four goals!
In a great twist, Palmeiras did their rivals a big favour by taking points of a disappointing Vasco. No throwing this match away like they did against Fluminense last year. Not trying to win this game was not really an option for Palmeiras because their TERRIBLE league form in the second half of the year means they are looking over their shoulder at the relegation zone. Fluminense beat Grêmio 5-4 in one of the worst 5-4 victories ever. This was not the classic 5-4 that Santos and Flamengo produced earlier this year. More of a defensive nightmare. Ex-Livepool and Palmeiras keeper Diego Cavalieri had a nightmare.
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