|Fluminense manager Muricy Ramalho celebrates his |
fourth Brasileirão championship as a coach after
leading Fluminense to their first league title since 1984.
Cruzeiro did all they could, coming back from a goal down to beat Palmeiras 2-1 with an injury time winner in their final match, but they knew that they were relying on Guaraní to pull off a shock result that didn't happen and for Corinthians to drop points too. Corinthians did drop points in a 1-1 draw against relegated Goiás who were probably preoccupied with their midweek trip to Avellaneda to face Independiente in the 2nd leg of the 2010 Copa Sudamerica final but they claimed a draw thanks to a dreadful goalkeeping error from Corinthians' previously exceptional shot stopper Júlio César. Cruzeiro leapfrogged Corinthians into second place, finishing two points behind the champions.
Grêmio secured fourth place and the last Copa Libertadores qualification place with a thumping 3-0 win against their only rivals for the spot; Botafogo.They will be joined in the continent's premier club competition by the top three (Fluminense, Cruzeiro and Corinthians) the Copa Libertadores holders Internacional and Copa Brazil 2010 champions Santos.
The relegation battle also threw up a head-to-head encounter between the two relegation candidates, Vitória failed to capitalise on their home advantage, only earning a 0-0 draw with Atlético Goianiense who survived by the narrowest of margins.
The only team in the bottom half of the table to actually win were Vasco da Gama who beat Ceará to leapfrog them into 11th position.
Internacional finished off a brilliant year for the club with a 0-3 away win against bottom of the table and Serie B bound Grêmio Prudente. The reason the home team have been relegated was apparent in this game, both of Internacionals opening goals were headed in by completely unmarked players. Internacional's third goal was a cracking volley from Guiliano.
The three teams that ensured their survival last weekend all relaxed, Flamengo played out a tepid 0-0 draw with Santos, Atlético Mineiro were hammered 4-0 by São Paulo and Avaí also let their three game winning streak go with a 1-0 away defeat to Atlético Paranaense.
|São Paulo||4-0||Atlético Mineiro|
|Vasco da Gama||2-0||Ceará|
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