Flamengo join leaders, America beaten
The Rio de Janeiro giants are now level on 51 points with rivals Corinthians and Vasco da Gama, albeit having played a game more than the top two.
The win came despite star man Ronaldinho, recently recalled to the national team, being dismissed in the 51st minute. After Deivid put Fla ahead four minutes before the break, Ronaldinho became embroiled in an incident with Ceara's Heleno which saw both men sent off. In added time, Ceara also had Filho Oswaldo sent off.
Figueirense beat America 2-1 at home as Julio Cesar scored two late goals. Rodriguinho had put the visitors ahead in the first half.