Atletico Mineiro held by strugglers

Atletico Mineiro held by strugglers

Published Aug. 16, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Brazilian Campeonato leaders Atletico Mineiro were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Atletico Goianiense Wednesday night.

Goianiense went into the game bottom but stunned the leaders with a 10th minute goal from Dias Luz Ernandes.

However, the hosts had Macedo Joilson sent off 11 minutes later and within seven minutes Caldeira Bernard levelled - and that was how it stayed.

Second-placed Fluminense failed to take advantage as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cruzeiro.


Wellington gave the hosts a third-minute lead but Fred rescued a point for Fluminense two minutes before half-time in a game which saw Cruzeiro's Charles and Fluminense substitute Matheus Carvalho dismissed in the 72nd minute.

Fourth-placed Gremio slipped up, going down 2-1 at home to mid-table Portuguesa.

Monteiro Ananias (27) and Bruno Menezes Soares (83) had the visitors in control before Kleber set up a tense finish with an 88th-minute reply.

Two goals in the space of four second half minutes from Elkeson and Clarence Seedorf gave Botafogo a 2-0 win over Sport Recife, while Santana Gabriel (11) and Rodrigo Souza (90) gave Bahia victory at Ponte Preta by the same scoreline.

Palmeiras moved out of the bottom three with a 1-0 win over Flamengo. Hernan Barcos got the 33rd-minute breakthrough, three minutes after the visitors had Barreto Ibson dismissed.

Welker Almeida's 13th-minute penalty was added to by Araujo's double as Nautico defeated Sao Paulo 3-0.