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Brazil Serie A wrap: Atletico kept out by Fluminense

30 July 2012 04:41

Brazil Serie A leaders Atletico Mineiro were held goalless for the second time this season, in a 0-0 stalemate away to Fluminense.

The first-versus-third battle at the Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange proved to be an anti-climax, as Mineiro extended their slender advantage at the top to two points over second-placed Vasco da Gama.

Fluminense remain six points behind the league leaders after 13 games played, and are two points ahead of the fourth-placed Gremio.

Sao Paulo heaped more misery on a struggling Flamengo outfit, as they coasted to a 4-1 home win.

Luis Fabiano added a brace to Maicon's opener, before Jadson weighed in with a fourth goal late into second-half injury time for the hosts at Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo.

Flamengo have lost three of their past four matches, but did score their first goal of that same run in the comprehensive defeat.

Portuguesa ended a run of six winless games with a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Nautico at their Estadio Dr Oswaldo Teixeira Duarte home.

Goals to Moises, Ananias and Diego Viana well and truly cancelled out Kieza's opener for visiting Nautico.

Cruzeiro made it three wins from their past four matches with a 2-1 triumph at home to Palmeiras.

A brace from Borges helped Cruzeiro to the full three points at the Estadio Raimundo Sampaio, with the win moving his side into fifth spot on the table.

Santos won for just the second time this season, struggling past Ponte Preta 2-1, as the sides traded late goals.

The hosts at the Estadio Urbano Caldeira went ahead through Bruno Peres' goal on 37 minutes, and they were on track to claim a 1-0 victory before Roger beat Santos goalkeeper Aranha to equalise in the 83rd minute.

But Santos - who were held goalless in their previous four matches - found a winning goal via Ezequiel Miralles three minutes later, to hand them a much-needed victory.

Sport Recife were unable to capitalise on their home fixture with relegation-placed Atletico Goianiense as they played out a 0-0 draw, while Bahia's hosting of Corinthians also ended in a scoreless stalemate.

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +29 80
2 38 +19 70
3 38 +12 69
4 38 +18 69
5 38 +13 62
6 38 +19 61
7 38 +12 61
8 38 +1 54
9 38 +7 53
10 38 -1 52
11 38 -10 52
12 38 -2 47
13 38 -10 47
14 38 -3 47
15 38 -5 43
16 38 -25 40
17 38 -17 38
18 38 -12 37
19 38 -17 34
20 38 -28 32

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