- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

SAO PAULO (AP) - Sao Paulo conceded a late equalizer in a 1-1 home draw against Avai on Sunday, missing a chance to regain the Brazilian league lead.

Defensive midfielder Souza put Sao Paulo ahead in the 55th at the Morumbi Stadium, but striker Andre Lima evened the match in the 90th, frustrating the home crowd and keeping Sao Paulo in second place in the standings with 17 points from eight matches. The six-time champion had won three in a row since Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio took over the team.

The championship lead stayed with Sport, which jumped to 18 points on Saturday thanks to a 2-1 home victory over winless Vasco da Gama at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. The traditional northeastern club remains unbeaten and has won four of its last six matches.

It was the fifth consecutive loss for last-place Vasco da Gama, which remains with only three points from eight matches, inside the relegation zone. The loss cost Vasco da Gama coach Doriva his job, and he is expected to be replaced by Celso Roth in the coming days.

In the morning match on Sunday, two-time defending champion Cruzeiro lost 1-0 to Chapecoense at home, a result that snapped the team’s three-match winning streak since former Brazil and Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo was hired.

In other results Sunday, Joinville beat Goias 2-1 at home for its first victory, while Coritiba drew rival Atletico Paranaense 2-2 at the Arena da Baixada Stadium in Curitiba.

Atletico Mineiro defeated Flamengo 2-0 at the Maracana Stadium with a goal by Argentine striker Lucas Pratto, leaving the popular Brazilian club inside relegation zone. The match marked the debut of recently signed midfielder Emerson Sheik, but the club was still without newly signed striker Paolo Guerrero, who is playing the Copa America with the Peruvian national team.

Santos moved away from the bottom of the standings by beating Corinthians 1-0 at the Vila Belmiro Stadium, snapping a six-match winless streak. Santos played with the words “Thank you, Zito” written on the players’ jersey in honor of the former player, who died last week at age 82. Zito helped Brazil win the 1958 and 1962 World Cups.

Also Saturday, Gremio earned a 1-0 home win over Palmeiras, jumping to fifth on the table with 14 points. Palmeiras, only 14th in the 20-team standings, was debuting coach Marcelo Oliveira, who won the last two Brazilian league titles with Cruzeiro.


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