2014 Brasileirão Round 12 summary: Late Alex strike earns Coritiba dramatic win and Flamengo secure vital derby victoryAlecsandro Flamengo gestures as he celebrates scoring against Emelec during their Copa Libertadores match at the Estadio George Capwell on April 2, 2014
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