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2020 Brasileiro Serie A
  • Vinicius (13')
  • Kelvyn (90')

Flamengo lose 2-0 to Ceara, miss chance to close gap at top

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Brazilian champions Flamengo lost 2-0 to mid-table Ceara on Sunday, extending their winless run to three matches.

Vinicius put the visitors 1-0 up after 13 minutes with a fine right-footed strike and Kelvyn sealed the points in the final minute with an angled shot.

The Rio de Janeiro club started the day seven points behind league leaders Sao Paulo, who missed the chance to extend their lead by losing 1-0 at home to Santos.

The result was another blow to coach Rogerio Ceni, who took over at Flamengo in November and has recorded just four wins in his first 12 games.

Flamengo sit fourth in Brazil’s Serie A, while Ceara moved up to ninth. (Reporting by Andrew Downie Editing by Toby Davis)

Brazilian Serie A Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Palmeiras 21 +22 45
2 Corinthians 21 +6 39
3 Fluminense 21 +10 38
4 Athletico-PR 21 +6 37
5 Flamengo 21 +13 36
6 Internacional 21 +7 33
7 Atlético-MG 21 +3 32
8 Red Bull Bragantino 21 +7 30
9 Santos 21 +7 30
10 América-MG 21 -6 27
11 São Paulo 21 +1 26
12 Botafogo 21 -6 25
13 Goiás 21 -6 25
14 Ceará 21 0 25
15 Coritiba 21 -10 22
16 Avaí 21 -12 22
17 Fortaleza 21 -4 21
18 Cuiabá 21 -8 20
19 Atlético-GO 21 -12 20
20 Juventude 21 -18 16