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2015 Brasileirão Round Three summary: Cruzeiro drop points again

São Paulo's Michel Bastos (R) and San Lorenzo's Juan Mercier fight for the ball while referee Enrique Osses watches during their Copa Libertadores de América match at Estadio Pedro Bidegain on 1st April, 2015
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A late goal from forward Biro Biro condemned Cruzeiro to a third match without victory. 

Marcelo Oliveira’s side, who have won the last two Brasileirão titles, have begun the defence of their crown in unconvincing fashion.

After opening with back to back defeats against Corinthians and Santos, they seemed on course to secure a first win of the campaign, when Gabriel gave them an 82nd minute lead at home to Ponte Preta.

That advantage was however, wiped out just three minutes later by Biro Biro, with Cruzeiro amongst a group of six teams at the bottom of the standings who are still waiting for a win.

At the foot of that pile is newly-promoted Joinville. They are yet to score a goal this season and were beaten 3-0 at São Paulo on Saturday.

In the other game on that day, a late Lucas goal ensured Vasco da Gama held Internacional 1-1 and in turn secured a third straight draw for Doriva’s outfit. 

At the top of the standings, Sport Recife, Goiás and Corinthians lead the way with seven points each. 

Sport moved in to 1st with a 1-0 win at home to Coritiba, while Goiás beat Palmeiras by the same scoreline. 

Corinthians lost their 100% start to the season with a 0-0 draw at Fluminense, who were playing under the returning Enderson Moreira for the first time.

Elsewhere, a Hugo brace gave Avaí a 2-1 win at home to Flamengo, Atlético Paranaense beat Atlético Mineiro and Chapecoense defeated Santos.

At Arena do Grêmio, Grêmio responded to the departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari with a 1-0 victory against Figueirense. Uruguayan Braian Rodríguez got the only goal on 78 minutes.

Round Three results

Saturday 23rd May  
São Paulo3 - 0Joinville
Dória (11')  
Michel Bastos (58')  
Alexandre Pato (86')  
Vasco da Gama1 - 1Internacional
Lucas (81') Nilmar (48')
   
Sunday 24th May  
Grêmio1 - 0Figueirense
Braian Rodríguez (78')  
Palmeiras0 - 1Goiás
Victor Ramos (OG 76')  
Fluminense0 - 0Corinthians
Avaí2 - 1Flamengo
Hugo (47', 62') Gabriel (51')
Atlético Paranaense1 - 0Atlético Mineiro
Douglas Coutinho (40')  
Chapecoense1 - 0Santos
Apodi (21')  
Sport Recife1 - 0Coritiba
Neto (29')  
Cruzeiro1 - 1Ponte Preta
Charles (82') Biro Biro (85')

2015 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A standings

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