Brasileirão Week 31 round up: Vital win for Ponte Preta while Goiás maintain top four push
Ponte Preta moved level with Vasco da Gama after defeating the Rio de Janeiro-based outfit 2-1.
Both sides remain in the drop zone, while Vasco will rue a missed opportunity to catch Fluminense.
Ponte Preta were a goal and a man down with ten minutes to go. Adrianinho found an equaliser, before Uendel snatched the points after Nei was dismissed for the visitors.
Ponte Preta are now three games unbeaten and the form side in the relegation battle.
Fluminense remain a place above the four. Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s side let slip a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 at home to top four-chasing Vitória. They have not won in seven matches.
Elsewhere amongst the relegation battlers, Coritiba hammered Grêmio 4-0, whileCriciúma and Náutico lost to Cruzeiro and Goiás respectively.
The former pushed top of the table Cruzeiro close – leading 3-2 at half-time – but the dismissal of Sueliton allowed Marcelo Oliveira’s side back into the contest. A brace from Borges and Dagoberto’s late penalty sealed a 5-3 victory.
For Goiás at Náutico, it was a fifth win in a row. They are the league’s form side and just three points adrift of 4th-placed Atlético Paranaense, who were held at Bahia.
Corinthians and Santos drew 1-1, while São Paulo are now seven games unbeaten after a 3-2 victory at Internacional. On loan Tombense forward Aloísio netted a hat-trick.
|Saturday 26 October|
|Botafogo||1 – 0||Atlético Mineiro|
|Júlio César (52′)|
|Cruzeiro||5 – 3||Criciúma|
|Everton Ribeiro (13′)||João Vitor (34′)|
|Dagoberto (19′, pen 85′)||Lins (42′)|
|Borges (58′, 76′)||Ricardinho (45′)|
|Sunday 27 October|
|Portuguesa||0 – 0||Flamengo|
|Corinthians||1 – 1||Santos|
|Douglas (27′)||Gustavo Henrique (62′)|
|Bahia||1 – 1||Atlético Paranaense|
|Obina (47′)||Ederson (58′)|
|Internacional||2 – 3||São Paulo|
|Leandro Damião (33′)||Aloísio (10′, pen 45′, pen 54′)|
|Jorge Henrique (48′)|
|Ponte Preta||2 – 1||Vasco da Gama|
|Adrianinho (80′)||Diego Sacoman (O.G. 16′)|
|Náutico||0 – 2||Goiás|
|Fluminense||2 – 3||Vitória|
|Ayrton (O.G. 28′)||Marquinhos (24′)|
|Rafael Sóbis (58′)||Juan (63′)|
|William Henrique (65′)|
|Coritiba||4 – 0||Grêmio|
|Para (O.G. 1′)|