Cruzeiro continues fine form with Santos defeat

Santos, Brazil ( - Cruzeiro maintained its comfortable position atop the Brasileiro table thanks to a 1-0 victory at Santos on Sunday.

Everton provided the visitors with the lone goal in the 54th minute of the match, which proved to be enough to lift Cruzeiro to 68 points on the season.

The win keeps the club 13 points clear of second-place Atletico Paranaense following its 1-0 win over Internacional on Sunday.

Gremio slipped further off the pace as its winless run was extended to three games with a 0-0 draw with Bahia.

Goias continued its rich vein of form on Sunday by capturing a 1-0 win over Botafogo thanks to Sasha's 89th-minute winner, and Hernane scored at the death to hand Flamengo a 1-0 victory over Fluminense.

Also on Sunday, Criciuma and Ponte Preta split the points in a 1-1 draw while Dinei and Guilherme scored eight minutes apart to see Vitoria and Corinthians share the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

On Saturday, Edmilson bagged a brace to lift Vasco da Gama to a 2-1 win over Coritiba, Atletico Mineiro cruised to a 5-0 drubbing of Nautico and Sao Paulo earned a 2-1 defeat of Portuguesa.