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Brazil Serie A wrap: Fluminense stay top, Bahia thrash Vasco

10 September 2012 04:40

Fluminense have maintained their position atop the Brazilian Serie A table as Vasco da Gama suffered a big loss to Bahia on Sunday.

Fluminense, though, defied some heavy rain to defeat Internacional 1-0 on the road and maintain their 11-match unbeaten streak.

Former Brazil striker Fred scored the game's only goal, firing home from near the penalty spot after being set up by a quality run from Wellington Nem that exposed the Internacional defence.

The result sees Fluminense maintain a two-point cushion over second-placed Atletico Mineiro atop the Brazil Serie A standings as Internacional drop to seventh.

Mineiro, though, still have a game in hand over Fluminense as they remained in touch with the leader through a 3-0 victory over relegation threatened Palmeiras (18th).

Leonardo Silva opened the scoring for Mineiro in the 53rd minute before setting up Bernard six minutes from time. Deep into injury time, Bernard added his double to add some gloss to the scoreline.

The closest challenger to the two leaders is third-placed Gremio, who lost 3-1 to defending champions Corinthians (ninth) on Saturday, while fourth-placed Vasco da Gama were routed 4-0 by Bahia the following day as Souza and Jones Carioca both scored doubles.

A first-half brace from Elkeson has helped Botafogo to their third consecutive win in a 3-1 victory over Nautico (12th) that sees them climb into fifth.

Sixth-placed Sao Paulo played out a 0-0 draw with Santos (15th) as Cruzeiro dropped down to eighth following a 2-1 loss to Sport Recife (17th), in a handy boost to the latter club's chances of avoiding relegation.

And Portuguesa (11th) missed the change to climb into the competition's top-10 as they were held to a 1-1 draw by last-placed Atletico Goianense.

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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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