|The Corinthians players celebrate during their 4-0 win.|
Corinthians closed to within one point of the top with a convincing win over relegation strugglers Avaí in a game featuring a brilliant long range strike from Bruno Cesár to open the scoring and two late goals from Ronaldo.
The leading pair both dropped points, Fluminense will not be too disappointed with the point that put them top of the table after a 0-0 draw away at Internacional but Cruzeiro will be devastated to have missed their opportunity by losing 0-2 at home against São Paulo.
4th placed Botafogo strengthened their grip on the 4th Copa Libertadores qualification spot with a 3-2 win over bottom of the table Atlético Goianiense who now look certain to be relegated as they are 12 points from safety with only 15 points available, meaning that they would need to win all five of their remaining games to have a chance of survival.
Goiás also failed to improve their position, losing 0-2 at home to Grêmio, and the clubs on either side of the safety line in 16th and 17th, Guaraní and Atlético Mineiro played out a 0-0 draw.
The only team in the bottom half of the table to record a win were Vasco da Gama who recovered from 0-1 down to beat Grêmio Prudente 2-1.
Vitória did well to earn a 1-1 draw away at Santos, who have now fallen away from the championship chase after going four games without a win.
Ceará and Flamengo played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.In the last game of the round mid table Atlético Paranaense won 1-0 at home against Palmeiras after Argentine substitute Federico Nieto got in front of his marker to volley the ball into the net
|Vasco da Gama||2-1||Grêmio Prudente|
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