Corinthians go top as Vasco crumble
Corinthians moved to the top of the Brazilian Campeonato after three first-half goals eased them to a 3-0 victory over Atletico Goianiense on Sunday.
Tite's side, who started the match in second place behind Vasco da Gama, took an early lead through Jose Leandro with Gomes Willian getting the second goal seven minutes before half-time. Meschini Alex effectively sealed the three points four minutes later.
Previous leaders Vasco da Gama went down to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Internacional. The hosts went ahead four minutes after the break through Andres D'Alessandro before Marcos Indio doubled the lead in the 76th minute. Paulo Cesar Tinga scored the third a minute from time.
Two Dario Bottinelli goals in the last four minutes guided Flamengo to a 3-2 home win over Fluminense. All five goals came in the final 31 minutes, Augusto Rafael Sobis putting Fluminense ahead (59) with Augusto Thiago Neves equalising nine minutes later.
Manuel Lanzini scored three minutes after coming on as a 75th-minute substitute and it appeared that would be sufficient for a Fluminense win. However, Balotelli struck with four minutes left before striking the winner in the 89th minute.
Ceara and Figueirense shared a 1-1 draw in a match where the latter played the final 20 minutes with nine men. Juninho put the visitors ahead in the 43rd minute before Mascarenhas Washington Luiz levelled on the stroke of half-time. They then lost Maicon in the 64th minute and Vieira Do Nascimento Bruno six minutes later.
A Humberlito Borges was enough for Santos to beat Palmeiras while second bottom Avai enjoyed a vital 3-0 win over 10-man Atletico Paranaense. All the goals came in the first 45 minutes through Cassio Lincoln (nine), Mariano Gian (33) and Luiz Rafael Coelho on the stroke of half-time. Messias Manoel was sent off three minutes after the break to compound Atletico's misery.