Sao Paulo, Brazil – Corinthians ran its unbeaten streak to four games on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Criciuma to edge further up the league table.
Corinthians started quickly with Renato Augusto putting the visitors ahead after nine minutes, while Jose Paolo Guerrero converted a penalty kick in the 23rd to double the advantage.
Criciuma was unable to offer a reply in the second half, and the club has now earned just one point from its last three games to remain in the bottom half of the table.
Flamengo collected three much-needed points on Sunday with a 3-0 home triumph over Atletico Mineiro that saw Nixon and Elias score goals in the first 11 minutes, while Fluminense was held to a 1-1 draw at Ponte Preta as William netted his seventh goal of the campaign in the 85th to help the hosts snatch a point.
Atletico PR topped Goias, 2-0, behind goals from Delatorre and Ederson and International and Gremio shared the points in a 1-1 draw after trading goals in the opening 20 minutes.
Botafogo moved to the top of the league following a 3-2 win over Vasco da Gama that saw Mariano Marques net two goals and Vitoria claimed a late 2-1 win against Portuguesa courtesy of Fabricio's 85th-minute tally.
Saturday's lone contest saw Cruzeiro hold off Coritiba, 1-0, behind Luan's goal in the 11th minute.