Atletico Paranaense loses Brazilian league lead
SAO PAULO (AP) — Atletico Paranaense’s four-match winning streak ended with a 2-1 loss to Gremio on Sunday, a result that cost the team the lead in the Brazilian league.
Sao Paulo overtook Atletico Paranaense atop the standings after a 1-0 win at Chapecoense on Saturday, reaching 16 points from seven matches. Atletico has 15 points, along with Sport, which beat last-place Joinville 2-1, also on Saturday.
Giuliano opened the scoring in the 34th minute at the Arena Gremio, and Hernani equalized in the 58th before defender Rhodolfo netted the winner with a header from a free kick in the 73rd.
Also Sunday, substitute Argentine striker Jonathan Cristaldo scored an injury-time winner as Palmeiras came from behind to beat nine-man Fluminense 2-1 at its Allianz Parque, giving the team its second win in this year’s championship, and first at home.
The result allowed Palmeiras to move to 12th in the standings, away from relegation zone. It was the team’s first match since club officials fired coach Oswaldo de Oliveira. A replacement has not been officially announced, but former Cruzeiro coach Marcelo Oliveira, who won the last two Brazilian league titles, is expected to take over Palmeiras this week.
Fluminense, which hadn’t lost in four matches, was missing former Brazil striker Fred because of an injury. The Rio de Janeiro club played a man down from the 62nd after striker Magno Alves was given a straight red card for a bad foul, and then had defender Gum sent off in injury time for a handball. Cristaldo scored the winner after the resulting free kick.
Sao Paulo, under the command of Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio, won its third game in a row in Chapeco on Saturday. The winning goal was a long-range shot by defensive midfielder Souza in the first half.
Also Saturday, two-time defending champion Cruzeiro beat Vasco da Gama 3-1 in Rio de Janeiro, winning its third in a row since coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo took over the team. Vasco da Gama has lost four consecutive games and remains winless after the seventh round.
Northeastern club Sport stayed near the top of the table with the home win over Joinville, which has taken only one point from seven matches. Striker Maikon Leite scored both goals for Sport, only one of the two unbeaten teams so far. The other is Ponte Preta, which was held 0-0 by Goias at home on Sunday.
Also Saturday, Corinthians won its second game in a row by coming from behind to beat Internacional 2-1 at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo. Striker Nilmar put Inter ahead in the first half, but former Brazil players Jadson and Vagner Love scored a goal each in the second to help Corinthians jump to fourth in the 20-team standings.
Flamengo, which began the championship with only one point in five matches, defeated Coritiba 1-0 in Curitiba for its second consecutive victory and moved out of the relegation zone.
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