Brazil Serie A wrap: Atletico Mineiro, Fluminense win again
Brazil's Serie A brought us a week 24 filled with action and drama as we head into the midway point of the season.
In a fiery encounter on Wednesday, Sao Paulo were reduced to 10 men in the first half after Douglas' rash challenge on Leandro Donizete.
But Leonardo's second-half header was enough to win the game for Mineiro.
Bernard's pin-point cross was headed home by Leonardo, to send the home faithful wild.
Former Barcelona and AC Milan midfielder Ronaldinho continued to terrorise the Sao Paulo defence, and his delicate pass found Neto Berola who struck the crossbar.
Mineiro sit in second place and two points behind league leaders Fluminense, who beat Portuguesa 2-0.
Vasco da Gama heaped more misery on struggling Palmeiras with a come-from-behind 3-1 victory.
Luan had given Palmeiras a 24th-minute lead but goals from Carlos Tenorio, Nilton and ex-Lyon midfielder Juninho Pernambucano lifted Marcelo Oliveira's men to their 12th league win of the season.
Palmeiras remain second from bottom on 20 points, seven points away from safety.
Corinthians continued their move away from the relegation zone following a 1-1 draw at home to Ponte Preta.
The Copa Libertadores champions now occupy ninth position, level on points with Ponte Preta, who are unbeaten in their past six league games.
Santos left it late to beat the freefalling Flamengo 2-0 at the Estadio Urbano Caldeira.
The match seemed destined for a draw before two goals in the final five minutes from Victor Andrade and Brazil star Neymar helped end Santos' four-game winless run, while handing Flamengo their fourth successive defeat.
In other results on Wednesday, visiting Coritiba overcame Atletico Goianiense 2-1, Figueirense accounted for Cruzeiro 2-0 and Bahia salvaged a draw in the closing moments against Sport Recife.