|Obima scored a 1st half hat-trick as Atlético Mineiro won 3-4 to dent the title aspirations of local rivals Cruzeiro.|
On Saturday Botafogo beat Vitória 1-0 with a great free kick from Marcelo Cordeiro and then Atlético Goianiense recorded their third consecutive win with an impressive 0-1 away result at Guaraní.
Sunday saw three local derbies, Corinthians ended their dismal run of results with a 1-0 win over local rivals Palmeiras and are now within one point of the leading pair after leaders Cruzeiro were beaten 3-4 at home by local rivals Atlético Mineiro, who have climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of Vitória. 4 wins in the last 5 games makes Atlético Mineiro the form team in the division. Two of the other teams faced eachother, Goiás leapfrogging Avai into 18th place with a 1-0 win.
Sunday's other local derby ended in a 2-2 draw between Grêmio and Internacional, both sides missing their chance to close the gap on the leading three teams.
Other teams will be ruing their missed opportunities, Fluminense could have gone 2 points clear at the top but they could only manage a draw against Atlético Paranaense and 4th placed Santos missed the opportunity to close the gap on the top three after throwing away a 2-0 half time lead to lose 2-3 at home to bottom of the table Grêmio Prudente.
São Paulo have to admit that their title aspirations are now very unrealistic after a 2-0 defeat to Ceará left them in 9th place 10 points behind the leaders with only 7 games left, the 2nd goal of the game was a great strike from Diego Sacoman, but came from some pathetic defending. In another mid table encounter Vasco da Gama played out a 1-1 draw with Flamengo, which featured a freak goal for Vasco's Cesinha, when a deflected clearance bounced off the crossbar straight into his path, Flamengo equalised late in the game after Vasco's Dedé got himself sent off.
|Vasco da Gama||1-1||Flamengo|