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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 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