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2020 Brasileiro Serie A
  • Giorgian de Arrascaeta (40')
  • Luccas Claro (55')
  • Yago Felipe (90'+3')

Flamengo fall to last-minute Fluminense goal in Rio derby

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Reigning champions Flamengo missed a chance to close the gap on Serie A leaders Sao Paulo on Wednesday when they lost a last-minute goal and went down 2-1 to Rio rivals Fluminense.

Giorgian De Arrascaeta headed Flamengo 1-0 ahead after 40 minutes when he was first to react to a loose ball in the box, but Luccas Claro equalised 12 minutes into the second period with a deft header.

But just as the teams looked set to share the points at an empty Maracana stadium, Fluminense midfielder Yago seized on a loose pass and stabbed the ball into the net.

The result leaves Flamengo in joint second place with Atletico Mineiro, seven points behind leaders Sao Paulo.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Fluminense and they sit in seventh place in the 20-team table.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)

Brazilian Serie A Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Palmeiras 22 +23 48
2 Flamengo 22 +18 39
3 Corinthians 22 +5 39
4 Fluminense 22 +7 38
5 Athletico-PR 22 +1 37
6 Internacional 22 +10 36
7 Atlético-MG 22 +4 35
8 América-MG 22 -5 30
9 Red Bull Bragantino 22 +4 30
10 Santos 22 +6 30
11 São Paulo 22 +4 29
12 Botafogo 22 -6 26
13 Goiás 22 -6 26
14 Ceará 22 -1 25
15 Fortaleza 22 -3 24
16 Cuiabá 22 -7 23
17 Avaí 22 -12 23
18 Coritiba 22 -11 22
19 Atlético-GO 22 -12 21
20 Juventude 22 -19 16