Brasileirão round-up: Atlético-MG and Flu both held to draws
Brasileirão: Round 17
Atlético Goianiense 1-1 Atlético Mineiro
Atlético Mineiro maintained their three-point gap at the top of the Campeonato Brasileiro despite drawing 1-1 with 10-man Atlético Goianiense in Goiânia.
Ernandes fired the home side into the lead in the 9th minute before Joilson received a straight red card just over ten minutes later for punching Leandro Donizete.
It took until halfway through the second-half for Atlético-MG to find the equaliser when Bernard headed home Donizete's perfectly weighted cross from close range.
Cruzeiro 1-1 Fluminense
Fluminense remain second in the Brasileirão after drawing 1-1 with Cruzeiro in Minas Gerais.
The home side took the lead through Wellington Paulista in the 3rd minute before Fred headed in the equaliser three minutes before half-time.
The result means Flu trail leaders Atlético Mineiro by three points, although Vasco will have the chance to leapfrog their Carioca rivals if they can beat Coritiba at San Januário tonight.
Ponte Preta 0-2 Bahia
After four league games without a win, Bahia managed to claim all the points off Ponte Preta in Campinas.
Gabriel gave the visitors the lead in the 10th minute before Souza put the game to bed in the last minute of ordinary time.
Grêmio 1-2 Portuguesa
Fourth-place Gremio suffered a 2-1 defeat to eleventh-placed Potuguesa in Porte Alegre.
Ananias 26th minute tap-in gave the visitors lead and Bruno Mineiro strike eight minutes from time meant that Kleber's late goal counted for nothing.
Palmeiras 1-0 Flamengo
Palmeiras now sit two places above the relegation zone after they defeated Flamengo at the Arena Barueri.
The only goal of game came from Hernan Barcos, who tapped in from close range after Felipe failed to gather Artur's strike.
Palmeiras, though, head a one man advantage for an hour of play as Ibson received his second yellow halfway through the first half for a two footed challenge on Chile international Jorge Valdivia.
Botafogo 2-0 Sport Recife
Botafogo climbed to sixth in the Brasileirão thanks to a 2-0 win against third-from-bottom Sport Recife in Rio de Janeiro.
Elkeson gave Fogo the lead in the 21st minute before former AC Milan and Real Madrid ace Clarence Seedorf put the game to bed 15 minutes before the end of the game.
Náutico 3-0 São Paulo
Náutico cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over São Paulo in Recife.
Keize opened the scoring for the visitors in the 12th minute from the penalty spot after Rafael Toloi had handled the former Fluminense forward's strike inside the area.
Araujo doubled Náutico's lead on the half-hour mark before Rogerio Ceni had accidently punched the ball into his own net sixteen minutes into the second half to hand the victory to the hosts.
Thursday's Brasileirão Round 17 fixtures:
Vasco x Coritiba
Corinthians x Internacional
Figueirense x Santos