Internacional were big winners as Cruzeiro extended their lead atop the Brazilian Serie A standings on the weekend.
Goals from Rafael Moura, Andres D'Alessandro, Fabricio and Alex inspired Internacional to a resounding 4-0 victory over basement club Flamengo at the Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borba on Sunday.
Abel Braga's men are up to fifth position with 19 points from 11 matches, six points adrift of reigning champions Cruzeiro, who edged Palmeiras 2-1.
Two goals in as many minutes from Ricardo Goulart and Manoel proved the difference as Cruzeiro accounted for Palmeiras away from home.
Cruzeiro are now five points clear of Corinthians, who were held to a goalless draw by fourth-bottom Vitoria on Sunday.
Internacional made a disappointing return to action following the FIFA World Cup break, losing 2-1 to Corinthians on Thursday.
But Internacional set out to put that result behind them and they made an ideal start thanks to Moura's 16th-minute opener, with the 31-year-old striker firing the ball into the net from inside the six-yard box.
The home side doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when D'Alessandro converted a penalty after Flamengo defender Chicao was sent off for a rash challenge inside the area.
Internacional only had to wait 13 minutes into the second half for their third goal, with D'Alessandro picking out Fabricio at the back post before the defender volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Felipe.
The three-time champions completed the rout in the 78th minute, when Alex poked in from close range.
At the Estadio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, Goulart and Manoel were the stars of the show as Cruzeiro made it four wins in a row.
Goulart made the breakthrough in the eighth minute - his seventh goal in as many games for Cruzeiro to make him the league's top scorer - and Manoel heaped more misery on Palmeiras just two minutes later with a goal of his own.
Argentinean defender Fernando Tobio pulled a goal back for the hosts in the 54th minute but it mattered little as Palmeiras were condemned to their fourth defeat in five games.
In other results, second-half goals from Marcelo and Douglas Coutinho helped Atletico PR to a 2-0 victory over Criciuma on Sunday.
The result also lifted Atletico PR to fourth in the table, level on points with Fluminense, Internacional, Sao Paulo and Gremio.
Fluminense had Dario Conca to thank after the former Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder helped the team to a 1-0 win at home to Santos.
As for Gremio, Giuliano's fourth-minute effort was the difference as the visiting team downed 10-man Figueirense 1-0 on Saturday.
Sao Paulo - still without new recruit Kaka - suffered a shock 1-0 loss at home to Chapecoense.
Elsewhere, Luan's 66th-minute equaliser earned Atletico Mineiro a 1-1 draw against Bahia after Titi had given the visiting side a first-half lead.
Botafogo were 1-0 winners over second-bottom Coritiba courtesy of Mario Bolatti's goal in the 12th minute.
Meanwhile, Goias and Sport Recife played out a goalless stalemate - only the pair's second draw in 12 previous league meetings.
|Coach: Abel Braga|
for C. Aránguiz 20'
for M. Luque 74'
for Wellington Silva 75'
|Pellegrini insists Manchester City are focussed on the present|
|Kane reveals Class of ´92 inspiration|
|Wenger wants to find the new Vardy|
|Van Gaal: I have not had contact with Mourinho|
|Klopp: Lack of Champions League football will not affect Liverpool´s transfer plans|
|Sarri: Napoli were on par with Juventus|
|La Liga review: Ronaldo leads Madrid the way; Valencia win at last|
|Ligue 1 Review: PSG held, Nantes continue Champions League charge|
|Neville relieved after maiden La Liga victory|
|Allegri urges calm after Juve leapfrog Napoli into top spot|
|Serie A Review: Juventus beat Napoli, Frosinone make history|
|Juventus 1 Napoli 0: Late Zaza strike fires champions top|
|Valencia 2 Espanyol 1: Neville finally tastes victory in La Liga|
|McClaren: Newcastle to blame for Stamford Bridge thumping|
|Bundesliga Review: Hoffenheim draw on Nagelsmann bow|
|Hiddink not hopeful Terry will face PSG|
|Newcastle thrashing best preparation for crunch week - Cahill|
|Hughes fears long injury lay-off for Johnson|
|Tuchel eyes room for Dortmund improvement|
|Blanc refuses to blame Cavani for Lille draw|
|James talks up Zidane impact at Real Madrid|
|Fractured ankle sidelines Badstuber for three months|
|Chelsea 5 Newcastle United 1: Pedro hits double as strugglers are thrashed|
|Gutsy Hammers impress Bilic with late rally|
|Guidolin: I don´t know why Swansea didn´t play well|
|Ronaldo´s wing display delights Zidane|
|Howe laments impressive Imbula strike|
|Watford boss Flores still eyeing survival over Europe|
|Koeman praises work rate of goalscorer Long|
|Chelsea captain Terry doubful for PSG clash|
|Pulis enjoys taking revenge on Everton|
|Neil bemoans Norwich nerves after late collapse|
|Pardew worried by Palace slump|
|Football League Review: Hull win to go top of Championship|
|Martinez upbeat despite frustrating Everton defeat|
|Olsson hails defensive Albion display|
|Paris Saint-Germain 0 Lille 0: Cavani misses sitter in rare draw|
|Deeney reflects on ´massive´ win for Watford at Palace|
|Scottish Premiership Review: Griffiths and Boyata put leaders Celtic three points clear|
|Allardyce hails Khazri, Kone impact|
|Crystal Palace 1 Watford 2: Deeney double downs Eagles|
|Real Madrid 4 Athletic Bilbao 2: Ronaldo brace helps see off gutsy visitors|
|Norwich City 2 West Ham 2: Canaries surrender two-goal lead to continue poor run|
|Everton 0 West Brom 1: Rondon snatches crucial victory|
|AFC Bournemouth 1 Stoke City 3: Imbula opens account as Potters return to form|
|Swansea City 0 Southampton 1: Long header seals Saints triumph|
|Borussia Dortmund 1 Hannover 0: Mkhitaryan special sees off basement boys|
|Darmian out for ´several weeks´ with dislocated shoulder|
|Van Gaal: Europa League now a priority for Manchester United|
|Lucas: I preferred PSG´s project over Manchester United|
|Rooney concedes top-four hopes are slim after Sunderland loss|
|Sunderland 2 Manchester United 1: De Gea own goal piles pressure back on Van Gaal|
|Simeone praises Torres´ strong influence at Atletico|
|Shearer singled me out with tuxedo criticism - Thauvin|
|Montella demands something different from struggling Sampdoria|
|Ex-West Ham midfielder Collison force to retire|
|Mancini not giving up on Champions League dream|
|Messi available for Barcelona v Celta, confirms Luis Enrique|
|A-League Review: Spoils shared in thrilling Melbourne derby|
|Vardy: Missing out on Premier League title would not be failure|
|Dortmund without Aubameyang for Hannover test|
|Former Bulgaria defender Ivanov dies aged 50|
|Champions League race not over for Milan - Mihajlovic|
|Robinho sets sights on Brazil comeback|
|Cruyff ´feels 2-0 up´ in cancer battle|
|Nainggolan relieved as Dzeko ends long goal drought|
|Rooney: United must win a trophy this season|
|Pellegrini ready to welcome back stars for Spurs showdown|
|Pulis backs up Berahino overweight claims|
|Pochettino hoping Wimmer can solve Aguero woes|
|Suarez: I left Liverpool for Champions League glory|
|Arsenal´s season a ´disaster´ without Premier League title - Ranieri|
|Modric: Ancelotti is my favourite Madrid manager|
|Klopp: Benteke must help himself|
|Hernandez sidelined for Europa League tie|
|Wenger: Arsenal will attack Leicester|
|Mahrez: Pearson deserves credit too|
|Benfica 1 Porto 2: Herrera, Aboubakar crown memorable derby comeback|
|Van Gaal trusts United over Mourinho rumours|
|Suarez explains tweaks behind ´MSN´ success at Barca|
|Burton Albion 1 Chesterfield 0: Butcher seals win for League One leaders|
|Carpi 1 Roma 3: Dzeko ends drought as Spalletti´s men win again|
|Sporting Gijon 2 Rayo Vallecano 2: La Liga strugglers play out pulsating draw|
|Dundee 2 St Johnstone 0: Hemmings at the double for Hartley´s men|
|Nagatomo: I turned down United move|
|Mainz 2 Schalke 1: Baumgartlinger fires Europa League charge|
|Rennes 1 Angers 0: Injury-time own goal moves hosts up to fifth|
|Tuchel prepared for tough Gundogan talks|
|Ex-Premier League star Bent handed suspended sentence|
|Ajax to take action over Vermeer effigy|
|Damiani: Pogba or Higuain to settle Juventus v Napoli|
|Getafe v Atletico Madrid: Gabi urges Torres to kick on after landmark goal|
|Manchester City v Tottenham: Pellegrini, Pochettino play down pivotal clash|
|Fiorentina v Inter: Icardi remains confident of Champions League qualification|
|Van Gaal: The real fans are right behind Depay|
|Barcelona v Celta Vigo: Rakitic only has eyes for trophies amid record-breaking run|
|FA must protect teams playing in Europe - Pellegrini|
|Varane is Madrid´s future - Zidane shuts down Manchester United rumours|
|Grayson: Vardy sums up Leicester brilliance - and Brad Pitt should play him on screen|
|Arsenal v Leicester City: Wenger out to disappoint football romantics on Valentine´s Day|
|Blanc: No guarantees despite new PSG deal|
|The pressure is on the others - Ranieri seeks to outfox title rivals|
|AC Milan v Genoa: Antonelli desperate to end losing streak|
|New Everton deal until 2019 for Oviedo|
|Lampard wants new deal for ´Mr Chelsea´ Terry|
|´Mini-Mourinho´ Nagelsmann demands respect in Hoffenheim survival fight|
|Pochettino not interested in Leicester v Arsenal result|
|Augsburg v Bayern Munich: Fearless Guardiola expects victory|
|Valcke banned for 12 years by FIFA|
|Hiddink plays down effect of Zouma injury on Terry future|
|Premier League ticket price debate: Wenger, Klopp, Hiddink and fellow managers have their say|
|Zidane won´t rush Bale´s Real return|
|Van Gaal dismisses questions over Manchester United future|
|Costa suffers broken nose in training|
|Kompany fit for crunch Spurs clash|
|Brisbane Roar 2 Newcastle Jets 2: Alivodic own goal rescues point for A-League leaders|
|Xavi excited by prospect of Guardiola, Mourinho duel|
|Robben still key for Bayern - Guardiola|
|Messi ends wait for La Liga award|
|Aston Villa v Liverpool: Hosts have ´no chance´ unless Norwich lessons are learned, warns Garde|
|Besic and Oviedo in line for new Everton deals|
|Khedira could return against Napoli|
|Gradel stepping up Bournemouth comeback|
|Guardiola: No problem with Ancelotti´s Munich visit|
|´Napoli are not all about Higuain´ - Allegri|
|Klopp: Coutinho free-kick one of the smartest in history|
|Dybala and Verratti have Barcelona DNA - Xavi|
|Wenger unworried by Giroud goal drought|
|Mahrez is ´dominating´ the Premier League - Wenger|
|Icardi: I would turn down Manchester United|
|Messi and Neymar inspiring Lukaku to silence the critics|
|Van Gaal impressed by ´excellent´ Giggs|
|Cannavaro sacked by Al-Nassr|
|Van Gaal proud of United work|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Independiente del Valle reach group stage|
|Mauro: Allegri should have Chelsea talks|
|Payet can become West Ham great - Sullivan|
|Rooney a target for Chinese clubs, says Eriksson|
|Klopp expects Liverpool´s Premier League drought to continue|
|Van Gaal: Woodward would tell me if he was speaking to Mourinho|
|Emery urges against Camp Nou final|
|Sagna: Man City still title favourites|