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Brazilian Serie A wrap: Figueirense title bid falters

18 November 2011 02:46

Figueirense's faint title hopes faded further on Thursday when they were held 0-0 by Flamengo in Brazil's Serie A.

Jorginho's Figueirense side came into the match fourth on the table, eight points back from front-runners Corinthians.

Victory would have lifted them to within five points of the league leaders, with the two teams set to meet in the penultimate round of the season.

An impressive six-match winning streak had fired Figueirense into a position to contend over the final weeks of the campaign.

But that run came to an end at Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange, where they proved unable to break down a stubborn Flamengo side.

Striker Aloisio was the villain for Figueirense after he missed a 61st-minute penalty.

In other matches, goals from Neto Berola and Leonardo Silva helped Atletico Mineiro record a 2-1 win in their match at home to Coritiba.

Rosimar Amancio netted a consolation for visitors Coritiba with two minutes remaining at Estadio Joaquim Henrique Nogueira.

Atletico's fourth win in five outings sees their relegation fears recede; they are now five points outside the drop zone with three matches remaining.

And a 90th-minute equaliser from Ganso helped Santos snatch a point with a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Goianiense.

The visitors, who led through Leonardo's first-half strike, finished the match with 10 men after Agenor received a second yellow card just past the hour mark.

Santos are now ninth, nine points better off than 12th-placed Goianiense.

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +17 71
2 38 +17 69
3 38 +9 63
4 38 +12 61
5 38 +14 60
6 38 +11 59
7 38 +1 58
8 38 +16 57
9 38 +3 56
10 38 +0 53
11 38 +4 50
12 38 -8 48
13 38 +5 48
14 38 -6 46
15 38 -10 45
16 38 -3 43
17 38 -17 41
18 38 -17 39
19 38 -18 37
20 38 -30 31