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Brazilian Serie A wrap: Corinthians crowned champions

4 December 2011 23:37

Corinthians lifted their fifth Brazilian Serie A title thanks to a 0-0 draw with Palmeiras, while Vasco da Gama failed to beat Flamengo.

Coming into Sunday's final round of the season, Corinthians knew a win or a draw would be enough for them to finish as champions for the first time since 2005.

Provided they avoided defeat at home, the league leaders' superior win record rendered the outcome of second-placed Vasco's match against Flamengo irrelevant.

And a 0-0 draw with Palmeiras at Estadio Paulo Machado de Carvalho proved enough for Corinthians to begin their celebrations.

There were no goals but referee Wilson Luiz Seneme was kept busy, as both teams finished the ill-tempered match with nine men.

Elsewhere, Vasco had to beat Flamengo and hope Corinthians would lose if they were to snatch the title, but Cristovao Borges' team were unable to fulfil their own requirements, as they were held 1-1 at home.

Diego Souza had given Vasco the lead in the 29th minute at Estadio Sao Januario, with Renato levelling for the visitors 10 minutes into the second half.

Unable to restore their lead and with time fast running out, Vasco's hopes took a further blow when Jumar was sent off with 20 minutes remaining.

Flamengo also finished a man down, with goal-scorer Renato dismissed in the 90th minute.

Also on Sunday, Cruzeiro secured their survival in style, thrashing Atletico Mineiro 6-1 at home.

Defeat, coupled with a victory for either Atletico Paranaense or Ceara, would have seen two-time national champions Cruzeiro sink into Serie B for the first time in their history.

But they banished any such fears with an emphatic victory at the Arena do Jacare.

While Ceara confirmed their own fate with a 2-1 loss at Bahia, Atletico Paranaense did all they could to survive, beating Coritiba 1-0 at home.

But Cruzeiro's hefty win meant Atletico's efforts proved in vain, and they join Ceara, America Mineiro and Avai in the drop.

Already relegated, bottom side Avai drew 1-1 with Figueirense in their last match.

And America ended on a fitting low, bowing out of the division on the wrong end of a 5-1 thrashing at Atletico Goianiense.

Finally, Internacional's 1-0 win at home to Gremio saw them claim the final Copa Libertadores qualification berth at the expense of Sao Paulo, who defeated Santos 4-1.

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