Brazil: Corinthians top tight contest at halfway stage
The Campeonato Brasileiro has reached the halfway stage and it once again is proving to be a tightly fought contest with six teams at the top of the standings separated by just five points.
Corinthians currently lead the way with 37 points from 19 games but they have already lost four games this season including yesterday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Palmeiras who, as a result of the victory, maintained their sixth placed position and are not far behind the league leaders. Just as well for Corinthians that the big Rio de Janeiro derby between Flamengo and Vasco da Gama finished goalless especially as a win for the former would’ve seen the Rubro-Negro jump to the top of the standings whilst a win for the latter would’ve seen Vasco join Corinthians at the top with the same number of points.
Third place São Paulo were ten minutes away from joining Corinthians at the top but they let a one goal lead slip to draw 1-1 away at Copa Libertadores champions Santos FC who have recovered domestically following a terrible start and now lie 14th in the standings after taking seven points in their last three games. Fifth placed Botafogo are also looking like potential title challengers and their Saturday night 2-1 win away at defending Brazilian champions Fluminense will certainly have a the front runners looking over their shoulders. Fluminense have had an average season up to now, lying in eleventh place and twelve points behind Corinthians, and look unlikely to defend their crown at the moment.
At the bottom of the standings things are looking bad for the city of Belo Horizonte with América propping up the table with thirteen points gained so far whilst neighbours Atlético Mineiro are just one place and two points ahead of them. Both sides were on the receiving end of crucial home defeats at the weekend with América and Atlético losing to Goianiense and Cruzeiro respectively by a similar 2-1 score line.