Brasileirão Round 27: Galo drop points once more
Atlético Mineiro suffered another blow to their title-hopes on Saturday evening after a 1-1 away draw with Portuguesa.
Galo, who fell behind to a goal from Léo Silva, eventually pulled level through rising star Bernard, but it was not enough to prevent a fourth consecutive winless match.
The Minas Gerais side used-up their game in hand earlier this week and could see themselves six points behind Fluminense, should the Tricolor beat rivals Flamengo on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Vasco da Gama continue to hold-off São Paulo in the battle for fourth, earning a convincing 3-1 victory over struggling Figueirense.
Young defender Luan Teixeira scored his first senior goal to level Caio's early strike, before the more familiar figures of Carlos Tenorio and Juninho Pernambucano completed the rout.
Both Cruzeiro and Internacional, though, continue to fall-off the pace in the battle for a Copa Libertadores place after a 0-0 draw in Belo Horizonte.
Naútico continue to perform above expectations and waltzed past bottom-placed Atlético-GO in a comfortable 2-0 win.
Both goals came courtesy of striker 2011 Série B top-scorer Kieza, who took his goal tally to 11 in 12 matches since returning to Brazil from Al-Shabab.
Finally, in the evening's later game, a brace from Argentine forward Hernan Barcos inspired relegation threatened Palmeiras to a 3-0 win over Ponte Preta.
The win was capped by a 60th minute strike from Marcos Assunção, as a second straight win takes the Verdão to within two points of safety.