Brasileirão round 28 review: Leaders Cruzeiro lose again while Coritiba continue to slide
A late show of individual brilliance from Fernandinho secured Atlético Mineiro victory in the Galo e Cruzeiro.
The 27 year-old’s audacious long range strike left Cruzeiro goalkeeper Fábio helpless and inflicted a second defeat in a week on A Raposa, whose lead at the top of the Brasileirão is now down to ten points.
The win ensures Atlético remain in the hunt for a top four finish, though their participation in next year’s Copa Libertadores is already secured as champions.
For those chasing Cruzeiro at the top, results were mixed. Botafogo defeated Flamengo 2-1 to climb into 2nd, with Grêmio dropping down to 3rd after a 1-1 draw against ten man Fluminense. Marcelo’s solitary strike for Atlético Paranaense was enough to secure victory over struggling Portuguesa and bring them within a point of the top three.
Elsewhere, managerless Internacional hammered basement side Náutico 4-1. A fourth loss in six matches for Coritiba - 2-1 at Vitória - leaves them a place above the drop, while a late penalty miss from 40 year-old goalkeeper Rogério Ceni cost São Paulo three points at home to Corinthians.
Criciuma - 3-2 against Vasco da Gama - were the only side in the bottom half of the table to win.
Round 28 results
|Vitória||2 - 1||Coritiba|
|Marquinhos 12'||Gerarldo 45'|
|Fluminense||1 - 1||Grêmio|
|Rafael Sóbis 90'||Bressan 38'|
|Santos||2 - 1||Ponte Preta|
|Everton Costa 45'||Rafael Ratao 90'|
|Walter Montillo 69'|
|Criciuma||3 - 2||Vasco da Gama|
|Wellington Paulista 17', pen 54'||Marlone 20'|
|Lins 24'||André pen 50'|
|Atlético Mineiro||1 - 0||Cruzeiro|
|São Paulo||0 - 0||Corinthians|
|Internacional||4 - 1||Náutico|
|Andrés D'Alessandro 17'||Tiago Real 26'|
|Goiás||3 - 1||Bahia|
|Hugo 5'||William Barbio 68'|
|Eduardo Sasha 39'|
|Botafogo||2 - 1||Flamengo|
|Gegê Marques 42'||Hernane 13'|
|Rafael Marques 63'|
|Atlético Paranaense||1 - 0||Portuguesa|