Rio de Janeiro, Aug 20 (EFE).- Fluminense beat Coritiba 5-2 this Saturday and took second place in the Brazilian Championship standings, although they awaited the match between Palmeiras and Flamengo.
The victory, obtained with goals from Caio Paulista, Colombian Jhon Arias, Nathan and William (2), took Fluminense to 41 points and left Coritiba with 22 integers, who discounted through Alef Manga and Egídio.
The “carioca tricolor” now has two more points than Flamengo, who will visit a Palmeiras this Sunday that leads alone with 48 integers.
The match between Palmeiras and Flamengo, corresponding to the twenty-third day, is considered key for the tournament.
In case of victory, Palmeiras would reach 51 points and would be 10 points more than Fluminense and 11 above Flamengo, although a defeat of the leader this Sunday could set the championship on fire.
This Saturday, Atlético Mineiro, who until the start of the tournament was the favorite to retain the title they won last year, stumbled again and lost 0-1 against Goias, which is in the middle of the table, now with 29 points .
The defeat left Mineiro parked in seventh place, with 35 points. a severe crisis in the locker room and a deep discomfort of his fans due to the irregularity of the team this season.
In addition to Palmeiras-Flamengo, the following matches will be played this Sunday: Juventude-Botafogo, Bragantino-Ceará, Santos-Sao Paulo, Fortaleza-Corinthians, Atlético Goianiense-Cuiabá and Athletico Paranaense-América Mineiro.
The day will be completed on Monday, when Avaí will host Internacional.
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