Botafogo has 29 points, one more than Hernan Barcos' Gremio, which defeated Flamengo 1-0 at the Estadio Nacional Stadium in Brasilia on Saturday for its fourth win in a row. Defender Para gave Gremio the victory with a free kick shot early in the match.
Club world champion Corinthians dropped to fifth after the draw with Vasco in Brasilia. Guerrero opened the scoring in the first half and Vasco equalized in the second with striker Andre.
At halftime, police had to use pepper spray to separate fighting between fans from both clubs at the stands. No one was reportedly injury.
Internacional missed a chance to move near the leaders after a 3-3 home draw against Goias. World Cup veteran Juan, striker Leandro Damiao and Argentine playmaker Andres D'Alessandro scored for Inter, which erased a 3-1 deficit.
Teen sensation Gabriel, nicknamed "Gabigol", scored again in Santos' 2-0 win against Vitoria at the Vila Belmiro Stadium. Gabriel had scored his first professional goal on Wednesday to ignite the comparisons to newly signed Barcelona striker Neymar, who was about two months older when he netted for the first time with the senior squad.
Also Saturday, sixth-place Coritiba, still without injured former Fenerbahce midfielder Alex, lost 2-1 at Criciuma to extend its winless streak to four matches.
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