Brasileirão Round 25: Leaders Flu slip-up at home, São Paulo shine
Brasileirão leaders Fluminense suffered a shock defeat on Saturday night, going down 2-1 at home to lowly Atlético Goianiense.
In a terrible first-half for the hosts, who were missing star players Fred, Deco and Wagner, bottom of the table Atlético scored twice through defenders Diego Giaretta and Reniê.
Tricolor coach Abel Braga responded with three changes by the 50 minute mark, with youngsters Higor, Wallace and Michael introduced and it had some effect, with Michael pulling a goal back on the hour mark.
However, that was all Fluminense could muster in a game in which they achieved 66% of possession and 15 shots on target, leaving the door open for nearest rivals Atlético Mineiro to go top with victory over Náutico on Sunday.
Elsewhere, a São Paulo side buoyed by the capture of Santos star Ganso ran out convincing 3-1 winners over fellow Paulista side Portuguesa.
Forward Osvaldo, now being given a run in the side by Ney Franco, opened the scoring early on for the hosts before Bruno Mineiro struck an equaliser late in the first-half, his ninth of the campaign.
After the break, though, it was one-way traffic with São Paulo rampant and inspired by a fine display from the soon to depart Lucas Moura.
The goals soon came and it was left-back Cortez who sent the Morumbi wild as São Paulo went back ahead, before experienced Seleção striker Luis Fabiano celebrated his recall to the national team with a third.
Luis Fabiano has now scored 11 times in 13 league games this campaign, equalling Fred as the front-runner for top-scorer in 2012.