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Gremio Hit Four Past Atletico Mineiro, Palmeiras Still Top Of Brasileiro

In a round that saw not a single team win on the road, Palmeiras were able to consolidate their position at the top of the table with another important triumph.

Gremio thrashed Atletico Mineiro 4-1 at the Olimpico stadium in Porto Alegre, and in doing so climbed into ninth position. The two-time champions won courtesy of goals from Rever, Perea, Souza and Jonas. Evandro scored for the visitors.

At the Pacaembu stadium, Corinthians were held to a frustrating 3-3 draw by Botafogo. The Timao went ahead three times but couldn't finish off their opponents and ended up paying the consequences. Corinthians, who once again were without Ronaldo, are in seventh place.

On Saturday, Palmeiras edged Internacional 2-1 to stay top of the table with 40 points. The Verdao, who wore a new blue and white shirt to commemorate their Italian roots, won the match with first-half goals from former Flamengo striker Obina and Jose Maria Ortigoza of Paraguay. Giuliano scored a consolation goal for Inter in the last three minutes of the match.

Goias jumped into second place with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Santos. Sao Paulo, the defending champions, were beaten 1-0 by Atletico Paranaense in Curitiba. The only goal of the match was scored by veteran Paulo Baier, who connected to a Gabriel cross with a fine header.

This season's revelation club, Avai, moved into fourth place after thrashing Flamengo 3-0 at the Ressacada stadium in Florianopolis. They won the match with first-half goals from Luis Ricardo and Leo Gago, and a second-half effort from Fabinho Capixaba.

Meanwhile, Cruzeiro crushed Nautico 4-2 at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. The match was held up twice due to power failures.

In other matches, Santo Andre sneaked past Coritiba 1-0, Sport Recife beat Vitoria 2-0, and Fluminense and Barueri fought out a goalless draw.

Four players lead the scoring charts with ten goals, these being Val Baiano (Barueri), Marcelinho Paraiba (Coritiba), Adriano (Flamengo) and Gilmar (Nautico).

Brazilian Championship: Round 21 Results

August 22 (Saturday)

Palmeiras 2 - 1 Internacional
Santo Andre 1 - 0 Coritiba
Sport Recife 2 - 0 Vitoria

August 23 (Sunday)

Atletico Paranaense 1 - 0 Sao Paulo
Corinthians 3 - 3 Botafogo
Fluminense 0 - 0 Barueri
Gremio 4 - 1 Atletico Mineiro
Avai 3 - 0 Flamengo
Cruzeiro 4 - 2 Nautico
Goias 2 - 1 Santos

Gregory Sica,