Brasileirão Week 37 round up: Ponte Preta relegated while Vasco da Gama and Fluminense are on the brink
Ponte Preta were relegated even before they were defeated 2-0 at home to Portuguesa.
Fluminense’s 2-2 draw with Atlético Mineiro left them seven points adrift of safety, with a maximum of six available to them.
Head coach Jorginho’s decision to prioritise the Copa Sudamericana left his team short domestically. It will, however, be justified if they can defeat Lanús in the final.
Alecsandro’s late equaliser for Mineiro at Flu leaves Dorival Júnior’s side two points adrift of Coritiba, who beat Botafogo. Sandwiched between them are Vasco da Gama. Goals from Edmilson and Bernardo gave them a 2-0 win against bottom of the table Náutico.
Also victorious were Criciúma, who won 1-0 at home to São Paulo, but they too can still be relegated, as can Portuguesa and Internacional. Clemer’s side drew 0-0 with Corinthians.
At the other end of the table, Grêmio guaranteed a top three finish with a 1-0 win against Goiás.
The Verdão’s defeat gave Atlético Paranaense a chance to seal a Copa Libertadores berth. Marcelo Cirino gave them the lead against Santos, but a Cícero brace ensured Atlético left the Estádio Urbano Caldeira frustrated.
Elsewhere, Bahia beat champions Cruzeiro 2-1 to ensure survival. A late Anderson Talisca strike nicked the points. Vitória are also still in the hunt for Copa Libertadores birth after defeating Flamengo 4-2.
Brasileirão Week 37 Results
Saturday 30th November
|Fluminense||2 - 2||Atlético Mineiro|
|Gum (37')||Diego Tardelli (22')|
|Biro Biro (54')||Alecsandro (83')|
|Corinthians||0 - 0|
Sunday 1st December
|Ponte Preta||0 - 2||Portuguesa|
|Criciúma||1 - 0||São Paulo|
|Wellington Paulista (pen 2')|
|Cruzeiro||1 - 2||Bahia|
|Vinícius Araújo (84')||Marquinhos Gabriel (15')|
|Anderson Talisca (90)|
|Coritiba||2 - 1||Botafogo|
|Deivid (39')||Bruno Mendes (84')|
|Vitória||4 - 2||Flamengo|
|Dinei (44', 62')||Wallace (45')|
|Maximiliano Biancucchi (47')||Hernane (60')|
|Vasco da Gama||2 - 0||Náutico|
|Grêmio||1 - 0||Goiás|
|Hernán Barcos (17')|
|Santos||2 - 1||Atlético Paranaense|
|Cícero (34', 77')|
2013 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A standings