Leader Cruzeiro concedes late goal in 1-1 draw against Figueirense in Brazilian league



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SAO PAULO — Defending champion Cruzeiro conceded an injury-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Figueirense on Saturday, missing a chance to increase its Brazilian league lead.

The result left the titleholders with a seven-point advantage atop the standings. Sao Paulo can cut that lead to five points if it beats Goias on Monday at the Morumbi Stadium. There will be seven rounds left going into next weekend's matches.

Cruzeiro opened the scoring with midfielder Marquinhos in the 35th minute at the Orlando Scarpelli Stadium in Florianopolis, but Pablo netted Figueirense's equalizer with a left-footed shot from outside the area two minutes into extra time.

The dominant team for most the season, Cruzeiro has drawn two matches in a row and has won only once in its last five matches.

Cruzeiro rival Atletico Mineiro is in second place thanks to a 3-2 win over Sport at the Independencia Stadium in Belo Horizonte. Argentine striker Jesus Datolo scored one of the goals for Atletico, which has won three of its last four matches. Atletico Mineiro played a man down for most of the second half because goalkeeper Victor was sent off for committing a foul outside the penalty area in the 52nd.

In Sao Paulo, a fan died of heart attack after Palmeiras scored in a 1-1 draw with fourth-place Corinthians, while police detained 10 people involved in fan violence in the stands at the Pacaembu Stadium. Corinthians, eight points behind Cruzeiro, equalized in injury time to leave Palmeiras only three points off relegation zone.

Striker Fred scored in second-half injury time as fifth-place Fluminense defeated Atletico Paranaense 2-1 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for its third win in a row. Sixth-place Gremio escaped defeat in a 1-1 draw with Coritiba at the Couto Pereira Stadium in Curitiba thanks to an 85th-minute equalizer by Paraguayan midfielder Cristian Riveros.

Also Saturday, Vitoria left relegation zone with a 3-1 win over last-place Criciuma at its Barradao Stadium in Salvador. Paraguayan midfielder Luis Caceres scored one of the goals for Vitoria, while Edno added the other two, including one with a bicycle kick.

No matches will be played Sunday because of Brazil's presidential elections.


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