SAO PAULO (AP) — Atletico Mineiro retained its lead in the Brazilian league despite having its 14-match unbeaten streak ended by defending champion Corinthians on Sunday.
Atletico lost 1-0, but remained atop the 20-team standings after second-placed Fluminense couldn't do better than a 2-2 draw with last-placed Figueirense on Saturday. Both teams have 44 points, but Atletico is ahead on number of victories. Atletico, led by former two-time world player of the year Ronaldinho, also has a game in hand.
Third place Gremio earned a 0-0 draw with Palmeiras on Saturday, moving to within three points of the lead. Fourth-placed Vasco da Gama is six points back after a 2-0 win over Portuguesa.
Also Sunday, Uruguay striker Diego Forlan scored his first goals with Internacional in the team's 4-1 win over Flamengo.
Atletico Mineiro, seeking its first league title since 1971, hadn't lost since a 1-0 result against Sao Paulo on June 16.
Defender Paulo Andre scored the winner for Corinthians in the 63rd minute at the Pacaembu stadium, heading the ball in after a corner kick.
Atletico pressured after Corinthians striker Emerson was sent off in the 76th. It appeared to have the equalizer when striker Guilherme scored from inside the area after a cross by Ronaldinho in the 90th, but the goal was called off an apparent for offside.
"The referee made a mistake, there was nothing wrong in the play, it's a shame," Ronaldinho said.
Guilherme had another great chance off a Ronaldinho pass in injury time, but his shot was saved by Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio.
Corinthians, which won the Copa Libertadores earlier this year, moved to ninth in the standings with the win, while Atletico stayed in first place despite a three-game winless streak.
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