It was looking like it could have been the most open and exciting Brazilian championship ever, and with only 8 games to go it is now beginning to seem like nobody wants to win it at all.
Santos and Internacional have slipped further behind the leaders after they both suffered away defeats. Despite the return of Ronaldo to the team, long time leaders Corinthians are still stuck in a dismal run of form. They could only manage a 0-0 draw against Guaraní.
The leaders Cruzeiro slipped up, losing 1-2 away at Grêmio, however second place Fluminense couldn't take over the lead after a disappointing 0-0 draw at home against Botafogo.
The only two teams in the top 8 to record wins were Atlético Paranaense and Grêmio who both leapfrogged Botafogo to move up from 7th and 8th, to 6th and 7th.
4th placed Santos played in the game of the weekend, going down 4-3 agains a São Paulo side who played most of the 2nd half with only 10 players after Richarlyson was sent off for a 2nd yellow card.
At the bottom of the table, the two teams in the relegation playoff zone faced each other, Atlético Mineiro won the game 2-0 leapfrogging Avaí in the process. Mineiro didn't escape the playoff zone altogether because both of the teams above them also won, Atlético Goianiense beat Vasco de Gama 2-0 and Vitória won 2-0 against Grêmio Prudente who are still adrift at the bottom, 11 points from safety. Goiás are still in the other automatic relegation place after they lost 2-1 against Atlético Paranaense.
|Atlético Goianiense||2-0||Vasco da Gama|