Gremio moved up to joint-second place in the Brazilian Serie A with a 1-0 win away to Figueirense. Victor Giuliano's early goal was enough to secure victory as Thiago Heleno's 64th-minute dismissal hampered the hosts' chances of a comeback. Gremio join Corinthians and Sao Paulo on 19 points, three behind leaders Cruzeiro.
That is after Sao Paulo suffered a 1-0 upset at home to Chapecoense, Ricardo Conceicao with the goal 12 minutes after half-time.Atletico Mineiro are three points further back, eighth in a tightly-packed table, after drawing 1-1 with Bahia.
They fell behind to a goal from Titi in the 25th minute but equalised through Luan in the 66th. Mario Bolatti scored in the 12th minute to give Botafogo a 1-0 win at home to Coritiba.