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Monday, 9 December 2013

Reigning champions Fluminense relegated from Brazil top flight

Reigning champions Fluminense relegated from Brazil top flight

Reigning champions Fluminense relegated from Brazil top flight

Dorival Junior's side became the first Brazilian team ever to go down having won the league the year before, while Vasco da Gama join them in Serie B after an ugly final day
Fluminense became the first team in Brazilian Serie A history to be relegated as reigning champions despite recording a final-day victory.
Dorival Junior's men did everything they could to keep their survival hopes alive by beating Bahia 2-1, but Coritiba's 1-0 win over Sao Paulo saw Fluminense drop out of the top flight.
Fluminense had fallen behind just before half-time to a William Barbio goal, but strikes from Wagner and Samuel turned things around only for the final whistle to bring disappointment.
They will be joined in Serie B next season by Vasco da Gama, who were thrashed 5-1 by Atletico Paranaense.
The match - being held in Joinsville due to past problems between the fans - was overshadowed by violence in the stands that saw at least three people hospitalised and the game delayed for over an hour.
A fifth-minute Manoel header put Paranaense ahead, but once the game had restarted Vasco drew level through Edmilson.
Ederson's goal just before the break and three second-half strikes sealed the win for Atletico and a Copa Libertadores place.
Botafogo will also feature in the Copa Libertadores if Ponte Preta fail to win the Sudamericana after the former recorded a 3-0 victory over 10-man Criciuma. Clarence Seedorf scored the final goal in a comfortable victory.
The top two - Cruzeiro and Gremio - ended the season with respective draws against Flamengo and Portuguesa, while a Walter Montillo double helped Santos to a 3-0 win over 10-man Goias.
Elswehere, Atletico Mineiro and Vitoria shared four goals in a thrilling encounter in Belo Horizonte.
Vitoria raced into a 2-0 lead inside six minutes, but Mineiro produced a stunning comeback with Ronaldinho grabbing a goal at the end of either half.
Already-relegated Ponte Preta picked up a 0-0 draw with Internacional, while Nautico ended the campaign with a fifth win as they beat Corinthians 1-0. ------------------ goal.com

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