Jael scored an 89th minute winner to extend Flamengo's unbeaten run to 15 matches and send them top of the Brazilian Campeonato. The Rio de Janeiro side struggled to break down newly promoted Coritiba and it wasn't until the dying stages that they snatched victory when Ronaldinho crossed for Jael to head home. Flamengo are now one point clear of Corinthians, who have picked up just four points from their last four matches but have a game in hand.
Corinthians' most recent disappointment came on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Paranaense. The game was a tale of two penalties as Cleber Santans gave Atletico a shock first-half lead from the spot and then Alex equalised for Corinthians after the interval.
Cicero scored two goals in less than five minutes to help third-placed Sao Paulo beat Avai 2-1 and keep pace with the leaders. William gave Avai the lead on the hour mark but Cicero replied with a quickfire brace that gave Tricolor victory.
Celso Roth's first match in charge of Gremio ended in a goalless draw with Palmeiras, while Atletico Mineiro sacked coach Dorival Junior following their 2-1 loss to Figueirense. Elias scored twice in the first-half for Figueirense and Atletico could only manage one reply through Duda Cearense.
The biggest shock of the weekend came in Sete Lagoas as champions Fluminense were beaten 3-0 by basement side America Mineiro. America, who had won just once prior to kick-off, took an early lead through Rodriguinho and then sealed victory in the in the second-half when Alessandro scored from the spot and Marcos Rocha netted.
Internacional came from behind to beat Cruzeiro 3-2 in Porto Alegre. Anselmo Ramon put the visitors ahead inside 12 minutes but Andres D'Alessandro equalised from the penalty spot. Andrezinho and Leandro Damiao then both the found to put Inter 3-1 and ensure that Leandro Guerreiro's late strike was just a consolation.
Borges helped Santos end a run of three straight defeats as he scored the only goal of the game against Ceara and Botafogo hammered Vasco da Gama 4-0 thanks to a brace from Sebastian Abreu and strikes from Antonio Carlos and German Herrera.