Monday, 10 November 2008

Brazil: Sao Paulo Maintain Narrow Lead Into Final Stretch [Goals Video]

An 88th minute winner from Ze Luis ensured that Sao Paulo maintained their two point lead at the top of the Brazilian Championship with a 3-2 win over relegation threatened Portuguesa on Saturday.

Muricy Ramalho's side led twice, only to be pegged back on both occasions by the plucky home team, but there was nothing that Portuguesa could do when Ze Luis headed Sao Paulo ahead for the third time with just two minutes left to play.

Gremio kept themselves firmly in contention for the championship with a 1-0 victory away to fellow title hopefuls Palmeiras on Sunday. Tcheco scored the winning goal when his free-kick eluded everyone to nestle in the far corner of the net with just over quarter of an hour left to play.

Cruzeiro's 1-0 victory against Fluminense saw them jump ahead of Palmeiras on goal difference, four points off the leaders, while Kleberson kept Flamengo within range with a late winner away to Botafogo.

At the other end of the table, Vasco da Gama pulled themselves out of the drop zone with a 1-0 win over Santos, courtesy of a penalty from Edmundo, and Atletico Paranaense came out on top in their relegation six-pointer against Figueirense.

Vasco da Gama 1-0 Santos
Figueirense 0-2 Atletico Paranaense
Portuguesa 2-3 Sao Paulo
Cruzeiro 1-0 Fluminense
Coritiba 0-0 Nautico Recife
Palmeiras 0-1 Gremio
Sport Recife 2-1 Goias
Botafogo 0-1 Flamengo
Internacional 4-0 Ipatinga
Vitoria 0-1 Atletico Belo Horizonte

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