2014 Brasileirão Round 12 summary: Late Alex strike earns Coritiba dramatic win and Flamengo secure vital derby victory
A solitary Alecsandro strike was enough to give Vanderlei Luxemburgo a winning start on his return to the Flamengo bench.
The forward, who now has four goals in eleven appearances this season, netted after 33 minutes to secure a 1-0 victory over city rivals Botafogo.
The win moves Flamengo up to 18th and was their first since May 4, when they defeated Palmeiras 4-2.
Level on ten points with the Rubro-Negro are Coritiba. Celso Roth’s side secured a dramatic 3-2 win at Grêmio, with veteran Alex netting decisively in stoppage time.
At the other end of the table, Cruzeiro’s lead at the top is still at five points after a 5-0 thumping of Figueirense. Ricardo Goulart - the Brasileirão’s top scorer - and Marquinhos netted the pick of the goals.
Corinthians remain in 2nd following a 2-0 win over Palmeiras, while Fluminense’s 3-0 victory at Atlético Paranaense keeps them 3rd. The Time de Guerreiros are level on 22 points with Internacional who, aided by an error from goalkeeper Marcelo Lomba, beat Bahia 1-0.
Elsewhere, Kaká netted on his São Paulo return - a 2-1 loss at Goiás - while Vitória climbed out of the bottom four with a 3-1 win at Criciúma and Santos won 3-0 against Chapecoense.
Newly-promoted Sport Recife also kept up their impressive start to the season by beating Atlético Mineiro 2-1. Felipe Azevedo and Durval got the goals.
Round 12 results
|Saturday 26th July|
|Criciúma||1 - 3||Vitória|
|Serginho Mineiro [90']||Caio [19', 67']|
|Cruzeiro||5 - 0||Figueirense|
|Lucas Silva [pen 41']|
|Ricardo Goulart [72']|
|Santos||3 - 0||Chapecoense|
|Diego Cardoso [80']|
|Sunday 27th July|
|Bahia||0 - 1||Internacional|
|Wellington Silva [66']|
|Goiás||2 - 1||São Paulo|
|Amaral [44']||Kaká [76']|
|Bruno Mineiro [48']|
|Atlético Paranaense||0 - 3||Fluminense|
|Darío Conca [pen 35']|
|Corinthians||2 - 0||Palmeiras|
|Paolo Guerrero [51']|
|Fábio [OG 90+1']|
|Sport Recife||2 - 1||Atlético Mineiro|
|Felipe Azevedo [51']||Diego Tardelli [pen 85']|
|Grêmio||2 - 3||Coritiba|
|Hernán Barcos [57', 65']||Zé Eduardo [49', 73']|
|Flamengo||1 - 0||Botafogo|
2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A standings