I told you Brazilian football is crazy and that you see the good bad and ugly every single week. This week it was Fluminense’s turn to provide the ugly: they lost at home to bottom club América MG and all but blew their title hopes. From all accounts América played well and deserved their win. América MG have been diabolical all season but last week they went and beat league leaders Corinthians. Now they have beaten Fluminense on their own turf and are dreaming of a great escape (from relegation).
Corinthians and Vasco both did their bit with home wins over Atlético PR and Botafogo respectively. They are now five points ahead of third placed Flu with four games to play. Flamengo lost against Coritiba, one of the most difficult places to go and get a result in Brazil. Ronaldinho should have had a penalty when the score was 2-0 but the referee ignored the claims. Unlucky for him and Flamengo.
Figuierense won again and moved into fourth. Their remaining games are against Flamengo, Fluminense, Corinthians and local rivals Avaí. Unbelievably (they were tipped by many to be relegated at the start of the season), they do have a chance at the title. Can they hold their nerve?
Luis Fabiano scored twice for São Paulo as they revived their Libertadores qualification hopes. The next round of matches is on Wednesday night. Here are the remaining fixtures for the top four teams:
Corinthians: Ceará (a), Atlético MG (h), Figueirense (a), Palmeiras (h)
Vasco: Palmeiras (a), Avaí (h), Fluminense (a), Flamengo (h)
Fluminense: Grêmio (h), Figueirense (a), Vasco (h), Botafogo (a)
Figueirense: Flamengo (a), Fluminense (h), Corinthians (h), Avaí (a)
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So America decided to play well…. a little late huh?