Fluminense on course for first league title in 26 years

15:15, November 29, 2010      

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Fluminense stayed on course to win their first Brazilian league title in 26 years after ralling to a 2-1 win over Palmeiras on Sunday to keep a one-point lead over Corinthians going into the final round.

Left back Carlinhos and midfielder Tarta scored for Fluminense, which reached 68 points ahead of next weekend's decisive matches. Corinthians defeated Vasco 2-0 to amass 67 points, one more than Cruzeiro, who beat Flamengo 2-1 in the penultimate round.

Fluminense won its first and only championship under coach Carlos Alberto Parreira in 1984.

Corinthians, which has four league titles, played Sunday's match without injured striker Ronaldo.

Fluminense will play its last match at home against already relegated Guarani, while Corinthians travels to play Goias, a team also already demoted to the second division. Cruzeiro hosts Palmeiras and needs to win its match and hope the top two title contenders falter.

Corinthians needs to beat Goias and hope Fluminense fails to defeat Guarani, but even a draw will be enough if Fluminense loses.

Fluminense had a scare at the Arena Barueri when Palmeiras opened the scoring with a long-range angled shot by striker Dinei just five minutes into the match.

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