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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 28 +26 60
2 Fluminense 28 +15 51
3 Internacional 28 +17 50
4 Corinthians 28 +5 47
5 Flamengo 28 +17 45
6 Athletico-PR 28 0 44
7 Atlético-MG 28 +3 40
8 América-MG 28 -3 39
9 Botafogo 28 -2 37
10 Santos 28 +6 37
11 Goiás 28 -4 37
12 São Paulo 28 +8 37
13 Red Bull Bragantino 28 +3 35
14 Fortaleza 28 -3 34
15 Coritiba 28 -14 31
16 Ceará 28 -3 31
17 Cuiabá 28 -7 30
18 Avaí 28 -17 28
19 Atlético-GO 28 -19 22
20 Juventude 28 -28 19